The major reason behind Australia’s loss to New Zealand at Dharamsala was their below par batting effort. The middle order comprising of Steve Smith, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell failed to make an impact and withered away against a spirited New Zealand bowling attack. Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann admitted that his side would have to be smarter while batting in the games to follow.
“Smith, Warner, Maxwell, Marsh, the whole lot of them – they need to be smarter,” he said. “They know that. They don’t mean to play the shots they play. At the end of the day, we’ve just got to be better. We had a really good start. We should close that game out. Not comfortably, but we should close it out from 1 for 50,” Lehmann said.
“I don’t know why they didn’t play smarter, you’d have to ask them. They’re out there batting. Also, understand it’s a pressurised game. It’s easy for us sitting back watching in the media box or as a coach, so it’s pressurised out there and the wicket was slow and spun and that’s what we’re going to get. “But we’ve got to be better at finishing those sort of scenarios. As long as they learn and understand the pressures of World Cup cricket and now knock-out cricket. Basically, you lose, you’re out for us. Can’t explain why we played how we played after six overs but as long as they get better at it,” Lehmann added.
Lehmann also admitted that every game was a must win game for Australia from now on. “Every game is a must-win when it is such a short tournament and you have to win three out of four,” Lehmann said. “You want to win the first game and get the tournament off on the right note. But at the end of the day we have still got to beat Bangladesh, we have still got to beat Pakistan we’ve still got to beat India, so you’ve got to win enough games and if you do that you qualify.”