“They are playing this as a practice match” – Shreyas Iyer on Australia’s below-par performance
By SMCS - Sep 25, 2023 12:20 pm
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Team India batter Shreyas Iyer has said that Australia would remain a dangerous side in the ODI World Cup despite their poor performance in the ongoing ODI series. According to the star Indian player, Australia are playing the ODI games as practice matches and experimenting by giving chances to many players as well. India clinched the three-match ODI series with one game in hand as well.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer

At a post-match press conference, he added: “We know how the Australian team is. The way they plan their stuff, I am sure they are playing this as a practice match and they want to build momentum going forward to the World Cup, so they are experimenting. Also, they are giving chances to a lot of players so that they get a fair chance to see how the conditions are in India.”

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“At the same time, they play challenging cricket, so I am sure they would be planning pretty well in the future matches against India and also when I come into bat. So, I am never going to take them lightly as a team. They can hurt you at times. It’s always fantastic to play with them because they are highly motivated as a team and they lift up the atmosphere around,” he further added.

Sean Abbott
Sean Abbott

Meanwhile, Australia rested their captain Pat Cummins for the second ODI in Indore on Sunday, with Steve Smith leading the team as well. Also, pacer Spencer Johnson made his international debut in the ODI. While Australia struggled in the first two ODIs against India, all-rounder Sean Abbott said that they are doing some things right heading into the World Cup as well.

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“Although we went for 400 again, I thought our death bowling was pretty good. It can still be improved a lot but our execution in bringing those stumps into play, owning our lengths and putting pressure on the batters that way certainly has to improve, and I have no doubt of that, we’ve got a very skilled attack,” he said.”We’re doing some right things moving into the World Cup, we just haven’t put them out there on the park yet so I’m confident we can turn that around pretty quickly,” Sean Abbott concluded.