2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Disappointing Not To Get A Win – Steve Smith
Australia’s hopes of winning a record third Champions Trophy title is hanging by a thread after their second consecutive game of the tournament was washed out.
After being rescued from a potential defeat to New Zealand at Edgbaston in their previous match, the world champions were cruising towards the 182-run target against Bangladesh before the rain played the spoilsport and left them with two points in as many games.
Speaking after the game, Australia captain Steve Smith understandably expressed his disappointment after rain dashed his team’s hopes of opening its account in the tournament but at the same time admitted that there was very little his team could have done. The two washed-out games have now made Australia’s final game against Ashes rival England a virtual quarterfinal and Smith is well aware of it.
“It was disappointing not to get a win but we can’t do much about the weather and we can’t control that,” Smith reflected. “The equation is pretty simple for us now.”
Smith also had a word of praise for his bowlers who were slammed by their skipper after an indifferent outing against New Zealand. Led by Mitchell Starc’s fiery spell of four for 29, the team from Down Under bowled Bangladesh out for 182 inside 45 overs.
“I thought all our bowlers were a lot better today,” said Smith. “We hit some good areas early on and challenged the defence of the Bangladeshi batsmen. Everyone that bowled I thought did a pretty good job today, and it was nice that we were able to turn things around from the way things went in the first game against New Zealand.”
Smith further expressed his frustration over the groundsmen’s failure to ‘show more urgency’ when it took an hour from the time that it stopped raining to a scheduled restart at 8:30 PM, which never took place because it began raining again. However, Smith did not have too many complaints.
“A little bit frustrating,” Smith said. “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.
For the Duckworth-Lewis method to be applied, Australia had to bat 20 overs and the par score for them would have been 48 if they lost a wicket. And they were far ahead of that, having already scored 83 for one. However, the DLS method could not be applied since only 16 overs were bowled.
“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,” Smith said.
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