Cummins admits Australia is ‘hurting’ but hopes to ‘make amends’

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Cummins admits Australia is ‘hurting’ but hopes to ‘make amends’ – Gudstory

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After two heavy losses in two matches to start the 2023 ODI World Cup, Australia captain Pat Cummins said his side are “hurting” but must find a way to regroup and “recover”.

“I think if we want to be challenged, it’s you [have] “We have to try to find a way in all conditions, and that is for the bowlers trying to take wickets and for the batsmen trying to score runs,” Cummins told the host broadcaster after the match.

“Maybe there’s not much to say [to my team-mates] Tonight. I think everyone is hurting. We have a few days and the next match is here as well. So we will come together and regroup… everyone is hurting. So we are trying to compensate.”

After a 177-run defeat in a 134-run defeat to South Africa, following their opening six-wicket defeat to India in Chennai, Australia find themselves ninth on the points table. Their batting faltered on both occasions, with 46 being the highest individual score from their line-up across matches in a tournament that has so far seen 12 centuries.

Against South Africa, their bowling and fielding – where they dropped six overs – were not up to the mark either.

“I wouldn’t say it’s one thing [where Australia went wrong]”Maybe they are,” he said [South Africa] Got a few more than we would have liked. 177 is clearly not the case. So, yeah, there are some things we need to sort out.”

Meanwhile, South Africa captain Temba Bavuma looked a happy man after his side extended their record-breaking performance against Sri Lanka. Both of South Africa’s victories had several fine performances – four of the 12 centuries of the tournament came from their respective players.

Bavuma described the Australia match as “close to perfect” for his team.

“I think I would be really greedy if I said there would be areas we could improve,” he said. “I think there was a near-perfect match for us. Maybe it was the goal with the bat, and we could have finished a little stronger, but I think they bowled well throughout the entire innings.”

“At no point did the run rate get out of control for them… I think given all the different phases, the power play in the middle, and also the death overs – it wasn’t really a death overs – but I think ‘the guys really controlled that.’ I don’t want to be too greedy. There’s not much I can see.

“I think you can look at the good work we’ve done and achieved. So, I’ll gain confidence, take the lessons and experience… celebrate our individual performance, and then we’ll come back.” Tomorrow we will find ways to improve as a team.”

After being put in place, South Africa managed 311 for 7 thanks to Quinton de Kock’s second goal of the tournament. While Cummins at one point felt the goal was “chaseable”, he admitted the ball moved more when his side struck. Bavuma said he was glad he lost the toss, and credited de Kock with taking them to a total he believed was above par on a “difficult” surface.

“I think 311 was probably above average. I think 290-300 was the equivalent score,” Bavuma said. “I think I’m glad we lost the toss because we also had a lot to chase. I think things went our way. I found it very difficult with the bat. I was scrappy throughout my innings. I think Quinton got out and it ended up with a score like that, I think he needs a lot of credit.” “


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