Australia might have disappointed in the T20I series against India lately, but their ODI performances were surely the bright spot. Before the T20I series commenced, the Kangaroos thrashed India 4-1 in the ODI series. The only loss came in the fifth ODI at the SCG when visitors successfully chased down 330 to grab a consolation win.
With the ODI series against New Zealand due to commence from tomorrow, Australian all rounder James Faulkner is pretty relaxed. The Tasmanian admitted that despite the T20I series loss, the Australians were confident due to their displays in the ODI leg of the tour. He admitted that beating a strong side like India gave the Kangaroos a lot of confidence.
“If anything we gained a lot of confidence beating India early on in the series,” he said. “After the first three games , especially considering the team they are in the shorter formats, to chase the totals that we did and perform the way we did with new faces in our squad as well, more so with the bowling line-up, was a great bonus and achievement as a group, being really young,” Faulkner said.
“And then with the T20s, what were are seeing is mixing and matching at the moment, everyone’s having a game to see where we are at with this format – looking back at the last 12 months we only played one T20 game. So you can’t expect too much straight up. And we know at the end of the day that there’s a big carrot, the T20 World Cup and it’s a matter of getting ourselves ready for that and spend some time as a group playing together,” he added.
Faulkner however, admitted that the series against New Zealand would be a real tough one. “I’m expecting a really tough series. I think you are going to see a really good brand of cricket with the bat and the ball, and a very good, fierce competition. I think everybody in our group is excited for that and I’m sure New Zealand are as well,” said Faulkner. “So we’re just taking it one step at a time. At the moment it is this series that is coming up. And then the remainder of the series against New Zealand (T20Is), and then after that we’ll worry about South Africa and the T20 World Cup. But we are just taking it game by game and not getting too far ahead of ourselves.”
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