The captain of the Australian Cricket Team Steven Smith has admitted that the match could have been slipped from their hands after a big opening partnership and they may have been bowled out for 250 in the second One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand in Wellington.
The openers David Warner and Usman Khawaja, who are in great form in all formats of the game, gave their side a great start and both scored fifties. But from 122/0 Australia went to 144/4 as No.3 Smith himself, No.4 George Bailey and No.5 Glenn Maxwell were dismissed on single digit scores.
Smith said that these 3 batsmen will have to do more as they have not been able to impress after the success of opening batsmen. The main job had to be done by No.6 Mitchell Marsh and No.8 batsman John Hastings who had 86 runs partnership for seventh wicket.
The skipper also praised John Hastings who scored 48 runs off 47 balls as he mentioned the name of debutant Adam Zampa who took two crucial wickets. He said that their lower order batsmen showed a lot of composure to go over the line and they were happy to get home.
The Australian side has not showed an ODI series against New Zealand since 2007 and the current World Champions will be looking for a morale boosting win before going into the Test Series which will have very high stakes as Australia had beaten New Zealand few months back.