Sports News, (England), June 3:- Australia skipper Steve Smith has admitted that his side ‘got away with one’ during their Champions Trophy 2017 opener against New Zealand which was washed out due to rain on Friday at Edgbaston, Birmingham.
A wash-out against the Black Caps in the tournament opener secured the Aussies a single point but it could have been worse after four of Smith’s six bowlers went for more than 50 runs after the Kiwis won the toss and batted.
The Australian attack was hammered by Luke Ronchi (65 off 43), then clinically dismantled by Kane Williamson (100 off 97) in a match that eventually ended up as a washout due to rain at Edgbaston.
New Zealand, by then had reduced Australia to 53 for 3 in nine overs who were chasing a DLS target of 235 in 33, after they had put up 291 all out.
“I thought it was probably one of the worst bowling displays that we’ve put on for a very long time,” said Smith after the match.
“We bowled on both sides of the wicket. We gave them a lot of freebies and it was pretty ordinary, to be honest with you.”
The Aussies now can’t afford a loss in the remaining two pool games against Bangladesh and England, or risk an early tournament exit.