Former Australian spinner Shane Warne has said that the loss to England in the second ODI is a real punch in the guts for Australia. England went to bat first and set up 231 for 9 wickets on a pitch hard to score runs on. Australia had a good start and were only 144/2 but slumped off quickly at 207 all out and lost the match by 24 runs. Australia skipper Aaron Finch played a knock of 73 runs and Marnus Labuschagne scored 48 which didn’t prove enough for the Aussies.
The first ODI was won by Australia and now the series is leveled up at 1-1 with one match remaining. The ODI series being played between England and Australia is a part of the World Cup Super League campaign.
It’s 1-1 ahead of the last day of the international summer. Who writes these scripts?” : Shane Warne
Spin legend Shane Warne has stated that this loss will be a punch in the guts for Australia. Earlier, Australia lost the T20I series to England 2-1 and now the ODI series is 1-1 with one match to play. Warne has said that the Australian side were just not good enough in yesterday’s match.
“Australia hadn’t played cricket for quite a long time so you sort of excuse them (that collapse) in the first T20, even though it cost them that series,” Shane Warne told Sky Sports
“They have been pretty good since then but this will be a real punch in the guts for Australia. They pride themselves on getting over the line in those sorts of games and doing the basics well. They didn’t do that – they weren’t good enough, with Aaron Finch the only batsman to really show any touch. It’s 1-1 ahead of the last day of the international summer. Who writes these scripts?”
“Australia got it a bit wrong”: Shane Warne
According to Warne, Australia failed to judge the conditions right and went for the wickets which were wrong. He said they got a bit greedy to try to get them all out.
“Australia got it a bit wrong. They tried to go for wickets and didn’t sum up conditions and think ‘hard length at the stumps is tough for the batsmen so it should be the same for the tail’. They got a bit greedy trying to knock them over,” Warne said.
The final match of the series will be played on 16th September at the same ground of Old Trafford. The third match would be the decider for the series which is at level, as of now.