The match between Australia and New Zealand finished 3 hours early and only 56 overs were bowled in the game. But, New Zealand and Australia produced the best game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 so far. The Aussies were dominated for most of the match but at the end of the day lost by just one wicket as the Black Caps finished in the most unconvincing manner.
Here are 5 reasons why the Aussies shouldn’t worry too much about the loss:
1) Road To Quarter Finals
The Australian fans are miffed about this loss but the result of this match will do no damage to Australia’s chances of reaching the quarter finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Australia are a very strong side and you would back them to beat the “minnows” and proceed to the knockout stages.
2) Early Wake Up Call
Australia have been playing good cricket since the start of this summer. The Aussies defeated India convincingly in the Test series and won the Carlton MID tri-series in the most convincing manner and possibly some complacency was creeping in. This early wake up call will surely pump up the Aussies before their next match and we will get to see the good ‘ol Aussie spirit back on the field.
3) Mitchell Starc’s Breathtaking Spell Of Fast Bowling
Mitchell Starc’s emphatic six wicket haul was the biggest highlight of this thrilling game. Starc bowled brilliantly with the new ball and replaced Mitchell Johnson as Australia’s “go to” bowler.
P.S. If Australia can almost defend 151, they can beat anyone this World Cup.
4) The Next Meeting Will Probably Be At The MCG
If Australia lose to Sri Lanka in Sydney, they will be forced into an Eden Park return for the semi-finals. That’s not impossible but the more likely scenario is an Australia v New Zealand final; with the Black Caps taken out of their comfort zone at the MCG.
5) The Good ‘ol Pup Is Back
Australia’s captain Michael Clarke played his first game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. Clarke didn’t do much with the bat, but it was his aggressive captaincy and persistence with Mitchell Starc, that almost snatched a win from the Black Caps. Clarke’s return will surely give a lot of confidence to the Australian team and don’t forget he is one of the best batsmen in the world.