Australia might have won the second ODI at Wellington, but that definitely wasn’t their best performance by any means. In the outfield, the catching and fielding of the Kangaroos was pretty sloppy and that surely meant added burden for the visitors. Their woes in the batting department too were clearly highlighted. The middle order comprising of Steve Smith, George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell simply withered away.
Skipper Steve Smith mentioned that despite the victory, there was further room for improvement for the all important decider at Hamilton on Monday. “I thought the way we were able to scrape over the line, we showed composure. We could have bowled them out for 250. We let it slip, I dropped a catch. I thought the surface was pretty good and I’m just pleased we were able to scrape home,” Smith said.
Smith also indicated that John Hastings was brilliant with the bat lower down the order, but the middle order batsmen had to do their job. “Hastings did a terrific job. No.3,4 and 5 still have a lot of work to do.” “Zampa did well, he took crucial two wickets,” said Smith about leg-spinner Adam Zampa.
Brendon McCullum looked positive despite the loss and said, “I thought we were okay. We were par. That summed up the game, we were just okay. Australia played well under pressure. We are still learning a little bit. We are still hanging in there. Santner is a gun cricketer. He is a huge positive for us. I thought the bowlers did d a good job as well. Australia took their opportunities and deserve to win. We had another big crowd today; I’m sure there will be a bumper crowd at Hamilton. It should be a cracker.”