Australia head coach Andrew McDonald shared how they managed to bounce back from two losses to win the 2023 World Cup. He revealed that it was about what they were doing and sticking to their strengths as well. However, Australia found themselves under pressure after heavy defeats to India and South Africa in the first two games as well. But they would go on to win the trophy by defeating India, sealing their sixth trophy in front of a record crowd in Ahmedabad as well.
Speaking to SEN Whately (h/t Foxsports.com.au), McDonald said, “There was a get-together post-game. But once again, that was really just to reinforce that we were on the right path. It was about, ‘Let’s stick to it and believe in what we’ve set out to achieve’, and that it will come to fruition eventually, albeit it didn’t in the first couple of games.”It was really doubling down. I think we’ve had moments like that when we were 0-2 in India in the Test series as well and you bring the group together and it’s really just reiterating what you set out in the first place.”
However, Australia’s fielding was one of the points of concern in the first two games of the tournament as well as they lost several chances. But they worked on it and did exceptionally well in the rest of the tournament. He also applauded Pat Cummins and David Warner for their special efforts against Sri Lanka in Lucknow as well.
“We came up against Sri Lanka and I thought the bravery was in the moment where Pat Cummins bowed back-to-back bouncers. The second bouncer saw the downfall of Nissanka with a great running catch from Davey Warner. I think they were 0/125 at that point in time. No doubt people sitting back here probably thought that was the end of our World Cup,” Andrew McDonald concluded. “We were able to turn it. Patty’s bravery, some fielding execution, an easy run chase and away we went from there. We didn’t really look back. There were times when we got stressed as well after that. But it was an incredible run, an incredible streak. We got going at the right time.”