Australia continued their dominant run in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019 with another thumping win over New Zealand by 86 runs at Lord’s. Meanwhile, the Aussies were in deep trouble losing half of their pack within 100 runs before Alex Carey combined well with Usman Khawaja revived innings to post a challenging total and defend it later on. Skipper Aaron Finch heaped praised on wicket-keeper batsman Carey saying that it was impressive to time the ball on a difficult wicket.
Finch heaps praise on Carey-Khawaja
The Kiwis got off to a brilliant start removing in-form Australian openers quickly. Lockie Ferguson and James Neesham kept up the pressure to sneak in a few more courtesy some outstanding fielding from New Zealand. Five down for 92 runs, Alex Carey and Usman Khawaja started to rebuild and added a 100+ partnership to post 243 runs at the end of 50 overs. While many thought the Kiwis will walk away with the game, Australian bowlers made life tough for the opposition chipping in wickets at regular intervals. Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson got starts but failed to convert as Mitchell Starc returned with another five-wicket haul to seal another win in their favour.
Speaking at the end of the game, Aaron Finch showered praise on Alex Carey and Usman Khawaja for their display of high-class batting on a tricky wicket.
“Great partnership to get us to a competitive total by Khawaja and Carey. It was important that we get time in the middle. It was a difficult surface to play strokes on, and for Alex to get the ball off the middle was impressive,” Finch said.
Furthermore, Aaron Finch also spoke highly of his bowlers Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc. The Aussies skipper stated having Lyon gives the option to dominate the middle overs, and with Starc, who is currently the highest wicket-taker in the World Cup, the left-arm pacer can sneak in with wickets at any time.
“It was also a good surface for Lyon to bowl, I thought, and he bowled really well. Important to bowl the part-timers too. It gives you a lot of wicket-taking options in the 20-40 over period. It helps the team so much to get wickets in the middle-overs, like Starc, who can just return and take wickets immediately,” he concluded.