Michael Clarke, the former Australia skipper, has batted for an improvement in Australian team, as he has said the team is heading towards opposite direction and players are committing the same mistakes,
“I think the whole team needs to improve. My fear and my worry for the Australia cricket is at at the moment we are heading into opposite direction. It’s hard to hear the fact that we are so reliant on a couple of players. In regards to facing spin bowling, I am not sure we are getting any better. They keep making the same mistakes. I feel like the players are making the same mistake. They are scared of getting out,” Clarke told India Today.
Before the start of the ODI series, it was deemed that Australia might give a strong competition to India, keeping in mind their form in the Test series in the first quarter of the year, but the results have turned to be opposite.
After getting a good start in the first ODI, Australia faltered and Indian team went on to post a huge total of 281 for seven on the board. After an interruption from rain, Australia was asked to chase a total of 164 in 20 overs, which turned out to be too huge for the Aussies.
In the second ODI as well, Australia made a comeback in the middle overs, but there too, their poor batting resulted in Steven Smith-led side getting bowled for 202.
The third ODI of the series is a do-or-die game for the Australian team. A loss in this game means they would lose the series, whereas, a win will prevent the fourth ODI to be tagged as a dead rubber.
The third ODI of the series will be played on September 24 (Sunday) at the Holkar stadium in Indore. Following the series, both the teams will travel to Bengaluru and Nagpur for the last two ODIs. Meanwhile, the Indian selectors are yet to name the squad for the final two ODI’s and T20I series against the visitors.
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