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India vs Australia | Needed Set Batsmen in the Final Overs in Hyderabad – Khawaja

Cricketnext Staff |March 5, 2019, 7:35 AM IST
India vs Australia | Needed Set Batsmen in the Final Overs in Hyderabad – Khawaja

Australian batsman Usman Khawaja has spoken out in defence of the batting performance in the first ODI against India at Hyderabad and said getting a score in excess of 300 would have been extremely difficult.

Khawaja top-scored for the Aussies with 50 as they finished their innings at 236/7.

"Looking back, 250, when we were batting, probably would have been par ... 300 would have been a bit unrealistic on that wicket," Khawaja said.

With the World Cup around the corner, the Australian batting continues to be a cause of concern.

Khawaja came into the ODI side only at the start of the year before being promoted to the top on Saturday. Marcus Stoinis at number 3, Maxwell at 5 and Ashton Turner at 6 were among the changes in an unsettled batting line-up.

Khawaja, Stoinis, Maxwell and Turner all made starts but couldn't cash in, leaving Alex Carey and Nathan Coulter-Nile to bat the final 10 overs.

"I thought the guys played really well. Maxi is in fine touch right now, Stoinis is always playing well.

"It wasn't easy, it was a tough wicket. We were trying to figure out what the best score was.

"We just probably needed a couple more set batsmen ... for the final 5-10 overs."

Australia haven't scored more than 300 in ODIs since last year's tour of England, where they lost all five matches, and they've now had just four wins from their past 25 ODIs.

Khawaja backed his team to post a big total if given the opportunity on a more batsman-friendly pitch in India.

Aaron Finch touched on the issue of Australia's recent modest totals on the eve of the first ODI, noting "if you go out every ODI and try to get 400, I think you're dreaming".

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
NZ
6 5 0 1 11 +1.30
2
AUS
6 5 1 0 10 +0.84
3
IND
5 4 0 1 9 +0.80
4
ENG
6 4 2 0 8 +1.45
5
BAN
7 3 3 1 7 -0.13
6
SL
6 2 2 2 6 -1.11
7
PAK
6 2 3 1 5 -1.26
8
WI
6 1 4 1 3 +0.19
9
SA
7 1 5 1 3 -0.32
10
AFG
7 0 7 0 0 -1.63

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4647 111
5 Australia 4805 109
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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