Australian skipper Steve Smith has said some stern words for his middle order, after an embarrassing loss to New Zealand at Dharamsala by 8 runs. Smith addressed the loss and blamed the batsmen for Australia’s loss in their first game of the ICC World T20 2016. Smith in particular, blamed the middle order and said that the batsmen would have to bat more sensibly.
“For us it is about finding a way between overs seven and 15, trying to build a few partnerships. It might not be about clearing the fence, it might be about getting a lot of singles, getting off strike, getting lots of twos, something that we haven’t done so well and didn’t do well again today,” said Smith.
“I think when the ball got a little bit older, it chewed up pretty quickly and as you could see there was quite a bit of spin,” Smith said. “That’s always difficult to play. Credit to the New Zealand bowlers, they got the ball in the right areas and made us play some pretty average shots,” he added.
Smith referred to Australia’s campaign in the South Africa tour, where the middle order shouldered the responsibility of batting well. “I think it’s just about going out there and making sure we learn from our mistakes in this game,” Smith said. “I think the way we play, we can win and lose games in the 7-15 overs.”I think we saw that in the games we played against South Africa. We batted really well in those periods and we were able to win games. So we need to adopt the same things here.”