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Aussies Urge Patience For Fragile T20I Middle Order

Aussies Urge Patience For Fragile T20I Middle Order Photo: TT
First T20 International - England v Australia - Ageas Bowl, Southampton, Britain - September 4, 2020 Australia's Marcus Stoinis looks dejected after defeat

Australian fast bowler Patrick Cummins has defended his side’s inability to finish the job with the bat after their opening T20 International loss to England in Southampton on Friday.

Chasing 163 for victory, Australia were cruising at 1-124 in the 15th over before losing 4-9, with their fragile middle order unable to get the required runs.

David Warner had made 58 from 47 and Aaron Finch contributed 46 from 32 balls, but only Marcus Stoinis, batting at five, was able to find any rhythm as wickets fell quickly.

Stoinis ended up unbeaten on 23no from 18 balls but was unable to freely find boundaries, while Glenn Maxwell (1), Alex Carey (1) and Ashton Agar (4) lost their wickets around him.

“You could argue that the middle order is one of the hardest in any cricket,” Cummins said.

“That’s what we’ve identified, is that we’ve got to give guys a go in that (middle order).”

After Agar was run out, Australia needed 15 off the final over but fell two runs short, with Stoinis hitting a six plus three twos but also two dot balls from Tom Curran.

“Someone like MS Dhoni, he was the best in the world at it because he played three or four hundred ODI games,” Cummins said.

“We know it’s not going to happen overnight.

“That’s been a common theme that the selectors and Finchy have spoken about. We’ve identified roles and want to give them a long run in that.

“We’ve got the right squad, it’s just about getting plenty of games into everyone.”

Earlier, England posted 7-162 with Player of the Match Dawid Malan top scoring with 66 from 43 balls batting at first drop. Jos Buttler also made 44.

The two sides meet again in the second T20I on Sunday in Southampton.

Ben somerford
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