Tuesday, June 18, 2019 | ePaper

Australia still World Cup contenders after India loss, insists Waugh

  • Print




Steve Waugh insists Australia's World Cup defeat against title rivals India won't derail the holders' bid to retain the trophy.
Australia were beaten for the first time in this year's World Cup as India cruised to a 36-run win at the Oval on Sunday.
Aaron Finch's side were pummelled by India's batsman and then struggled to launch a serious run-chase, leading some critics to suggest they aren't up to the task of winning the tournament.
But former Australia captain Waugh, a two-time World Cup winner, is confident his country have enough strength in depth to make the necessary tweaks to get them back on track for a place in the semi-finals of the 10-team event.
"Australia won't be too disappointed as they have time to dissect this loss, fine tune their process, tinker with batting orders and bowling options and manoeuvre things around before the semi-finals come around," Waugh said.
"This World Cup is wide open right now with up to six teams believing they have a chance to lift the Cup at Lord's."
One of the few Australia batsmen to show signs of being able to match India's fire-power was Glenn Maxwell, who hit five fours in his 14-ball innings of 28 before paying the price for one aggressive stroke too many.
The rest of the Australia line-up batted too slowly before India eased to victory with a flurry of late wickets as Finch's side had to go for broke with the run-rate required reaching 11 an over.
But Maxwell backed Australia's approach and, like Waugh, believes only minor changes are needed to allow them to match India and tournament favourites England.
"I don't think we need to change anything and I don't think we were that far off, we just need some tinkering here and here, a bit of luck going our way," Maxwell said.
"On another day a couple would have cleared the fence or missed the fielders and we'd have been away.

More News For this Category

Getting Babar out was 'dream' delivery, says India's Yadav

Getting Babar out was 'dream' delivery, says India's Yadav

AFP, Manchester :India's Kuldeep Yadav admitted bowling Pakistan batsman Babar Azam in the World Cup with a magical delivery that tossed and turned was a "dream" for any spinner.Yadav returned

Starc wants to play all matches for Australia in World Cup

Australia might have been thinking to give a break to their key paceman Mitchell Starc this week, but he isn't in the mood of resting, insisting he is fit and

Steve Smith acknowledges the need to slow down in the face of obsessive batting routine

Steve Smith acknowledges the need to slow down in the face of obsessive batting routine

Australia batsman Steve Smith admitted to being obsessive with his approach towards batting, but acknowledged the need for balance to avoid getting burned out.Smith has been in top form ever

Shahid Afridi credits IPL for India's success at World Cup

Shahid Afridi credits IPL for India's success at World Cup

Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi was full of praise for Team India after their thumping win over Pakistan in the ICC World Cup game at the Old Trafford in Manchester

Akhtar lashes out at 'brainless' Sarfaraz after loss to India

After Pakistan suffered its seventh loss to India in World Cup competition by 89 runs in Manchester on Sunday, former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar lashed out at captain Sarfaraz

India paceman Kumar could be out for 'three games at most', says Kohli

India paceman Kumar could be out for 'three games at most', says Kohli

Bhuvneshwar Kumar could be out of India's next three World Cup games after injuring himself in Sunday's win over Pakistan, according to captain Virat Kohli.Kumar opened the bowling for India

Jason Roy to miss Afghanistan, Sri Lanka games with hamstring tear

Jason Roy to miss Afghanistan, Sri Lanka games with hamstring tear

England opening batsman Jason Roy, who left the field during the team's eight-wicket win over West Indies, has been ruled out of their next two matches, against Afghanistan and Sri

Afghanistan face uphill challenge against unstoppable England

Afghanistan face uphill challenge against unstoppable England

The 24th match of the ICC World Cup 2019 will see hosts England face off against Afghanistan at the Old Trafford ground in Manchester. England has been very good in

Buttler ready to answer England World Cup captain call

Jos Buttler says he is ready to step up and captain England in the World Cup if injured skipper Eoin Morgan fails to recover in time to face Afghanistan on

'We need to win all remaining games,' says South African skipper

'We need to win all remaining games,' says South African skipper

Faf du Plessis said South Africa must win all their remaining games if they are to have any chance of reaching the World Cup semi-finals after they notched their first