Reigning world champions Australia, on their chase to Kiwis’ total a little shorter than three hundred, were in a big trouble losing 3 early wickets with a total of 53 runs on the board. But rain came in rescue of the Aussies to force the match eventually called off.
Skipper Steve Smith admitted that they are lucky enough when the opening match was abandoned due to rain and said the bowling effort was ‘one of the worst in a long time.’
Acknowledging the fact that the weather might help them gain a point instead of a total zero, Steve Smith said, “We still had a lot of work to do and they have got a quality bowling attack as well, so we perhaps got away with one there. We certainly would have preferred to be in New Zealand’s position when we came off at the end.”
Josh Hazlewood’s sixer restricted New Zealand from piling up 300-plus on the board but speed star Mitchell Starc was wicket less on his return to international cricket.
Trying to look forward, Aussie skipper said, “Let’s hope its rust and let’s hope it’s gone. Because that was pretty ordinary. Credit to them they came out quite hard and played quite well up top and got their innings going. Kane timed his innings beautifully, played really well throughout the middle but we did not bowl well at all.”