Australia’s recent fixture against South Africa in the tri series was a genuine eye opener. On a dead slow wicket, barring opener Aaron Finch, the entire batting lineup struggled to get going and ended up collapsing against the guile of the Proteas bowlers. The scorecard read a rather sorry tale as there was an array of single digit scores.
With the focus now shifting to St. Kitts and the two teams beginning round two of this tri series, both sides would be eager to register a win. The surface at St. Kitts should offer some hope for the Australians as it will have more bounce and pace than the one at Guyana. Coach Justin Langer addressed the Aussie batsmen’s woes against spin and expected them to step up.
“I just thought we didn’t pick the ball well enough out of the spinner’s hand,” Langer said about Australia’s loss to South Africa. “That’s something that is just a basic of batting.”Under those lights and in those conditions it was tough. “But you give yourself a chance if you pick the ball up early out of the bowler’s hand.”
Looking back at the defeat, Langer urged his batsmen to be patient. “We weren’t as patient as we needed to be,” he said. “We said before the game if it takes us 50 overs to get it, it takes us 50 overs to get it. “We talked about adapting, we talked about having good partnerships and looking after each other. “We probably didn’t do any of those things particularly well the other night.”