Equation simple for us: Smith

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Equation simple for us: Smith

Australia captain Steve Smith thinks his team’s equation to qualify for the Semifinals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017 is simple as they need to win their remaining game against arch-rivals England.

Australia were handed one point in their first game against New Zealand at Edgbaston due to rain. The rain followed the Aussies to The Oval as well. Bangladesh escaped a loss from Australia as only 16 overs were bowled in Australia’s innings.

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Smith is disappointed that his team couldn’t play 20 overs, remaining four short. Australia have to beat England in their last Group A fixture on Saturday to reach Semis. According to Aussie skipper, the equation is simple for them.

“Disappointing not to get a result but we can’t do much about the weather. The equation is pretty simple for us now. We have to beat England and I think then we’re through,” he said.

Rain interrupted Australia’s run chase at the beginning of the innings. Then after 16 overs, players had to go out and couldn’t return again. Play was expected to resume at 8.30 pm, but the rain came again to disappoint Australia.

“A little bit frustrating. The groundsmen perhaps could have shown a bit more urgency, being a big tournament, but I think they did the best job they could and the umpires said it was an 8.30 pm start, so you’ve got to do what they say.

“Of course I didn’t want to go off, I was happy to keep batting through the rain. But the umpires are there to make a decision and I think drinks was at the end of that over, which probably didn’t help. If the game had just carried on, perhaps they may have had a different opinion. But to be fair it was raining reasonably hard when we came off,” he added.

-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com