Cummins admits Australia are ‘hurting’ however hope to ‘make amends’

Following two massive losses in two matches to begin the 2023 ODI World Cup, Australia captain Pat Cummins has mentioned his facet is “hurting” however that they have to discover a approach to regroup and “make amends”.

“I think if we want to be challenging, you got to try and find a way in all conditions, and that’s for the bowlers try and take wickets and for the batters try and score runs,” Cummins informed the host broadcaster after the match.

“Probably not much needs to be said [to my team-mates] tonight. I think everyone’s hurting. We’ve got a few days and the next game’s here as well. So we’ll group and regroup…everyone’s hurting. So we’re trying to make amends.”

After folding for 177 within the 134-run defeat to South Africa, following their eight-wicket opening defeat in opposition to India in Chennai, Australia discover themselves at No. 9 on the factors desk. Their batting floundered on each events, with 46 being the best particular person rating from their line-up throughout the matches in a event that has up to now seen 12 centuries.

Against South Africa, their bowling and fielding – they dropped six catches – was additionally less than mark.

“I wouldn’t say it’s one thing [where Australia went wrong],” he mentioned. “Maybe they [South Africa] got a few more than we would have liked. And obviously 177 is off the mark as well. So yeah, it’s a few things we need to tidy up.”

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma, in the meantime, was a cheerful man after his facet backed up their record-breaking efficiency in opposition to Sri Lanka. Both of South Africa’s wins have had a number of assertion performances – 4 out of these 12 centuries of the event have come from their batters.

Bavuma described the Australia sport as “close to perfect” for his group.

“I think I’d be really greedy if I said there’ll be areas that we can improve,” he mentioned. “I think there was a close-to-perfect game for us. The goal is maybe with the bat, we could have finished a little bit stronger, but I think they really bowled well throughout the whole innings. At no point did the run rate get out of control for them… I think looking at all the different phases, the powerplay in the middle, as well as the death – wasn’t really much of a death – but I think the guys really dominated that. I don’t want to be too greedy. There’s not much that I can see.

“I believe you possibly can take a look on the good work that we have executed and achieved. So I’d take the arrogance, take the learnings and expertise from that…and to rejoice our particular person performances, after which we’ll come again tomorrow and we discover methods to get higher as a group.”

Having been put in, South Africa managed 311 for 7 thanks to Quinton de Kock’s second hundred of the tournament. While Cummins felt at one point the target was “chaseable”, he admitted that the ball zipped around more when his side batted. Bavuma said he was glad he had lost the toss, crediting de Kock for taking them to a total he thought was above par on a “tough” surface.

“I do suppose the 311 was in all probability a pair over par. I believe 290-300 was the par rating,” Bavuma said. “I assume I’m glad we misplaced the toss as a result of we might have additionally had quite a bit to chase. I believe issues labored out in our favour. I discovered it fairly tough myself with the bat. I used to be scratchy all through my innings. I believe Quinton going out and ending up with this with a rating like that, I believe he must be credited quite a bit.”

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