Australian ODI vice-captain Pat Cummins has described his team’s second ODI loss to England as a tough one to get your head around’ speaking after the match.
Aaron Finch’s men lost the game by 24 runs as they were bowled out for 207 while chasing 232 to win. Courtesy of England’s win in the second game, the three-match ODI series is level at 1-1.
Pat Cummins reacts after losing 2nd ODI
Reacting on the same, Pat Cummins said it is extremely difficult to gulp. However, they are taking it on the chin and will come back with a bang.
“It’s a tough one to get your head around. I thought we bowled really well and then let them off the hook in the last 10 overs … (where) we gave them an extra 40 or 50 runs” Cummins said after the match.
Pat Cummins said that the team will sit down and analyse where the team went wrong in the final 10 overs of the England innings. In the process, they will try to limit the opposition from scoring much in the final overs.
“We’ll have a review. If we’d kept them down – those last 10 (overs) went for 80-odd, I think – we’re suddenly only chasing 200 and it’s a different game. But what I will say is Adil and Tom are both really good batsmen. They might be batting at nine and 10, but when they walked out, we knew that they could still really hold the bat” Cummins said further.
Rashid, Curran Resurrect England’s Innings
Earlier in the game, England won the toss and had the worst possible start to their innings. They lost wickets at regular intervals. The biggest of them was Eoin Morgan who looked set on 42 before he was dismissed. From 149 for 8 in the 40th over, Adil Rashid (35*) and Tom Curran (37) added 76 runs to help England finish on 225 for 9 in their 50 overs.
Furthermore, Aaron Finch said that they could learn a few lessons from the loss, given that the next 50-over World Cup is in India, on low slow turning pitches.
“Something we always talk about in tournament play and World Cups is that towards the back end, you are likely to get this kind of wickets where spinners (will play a role) and you’re not getting 350 that you might get at the start of the tournament,” he concluded saying.