Australia have registered a whopping 86-run win over New Zealand at Lord’s where Australia wicketkeeper Alex Carey played a beautiful knock. He believes a simple approach towards his game helped him to do well. ALong with him, Usman Khwaja also played well as he scored 88 and Mitchell Starc bagged another 5-wicket haul.
“It was not the start we wanted (at 92 for 5), but it was important to occupy the crease. I had no rush, just wanted to assess the conditions and then play my game. The pitch was on the slower side and there was spin as well. I wanted to keep it simple and play to my strengths,” he shared.
His innings was crucial Australia as they were struggling at 92 for five in the 22nd over. Carey’s 71 off 72, including 11 fours took his side to 243 for9 after 50 overs.
“High credit to Khawaja – he played right through the heat and Mitchell Starc as well. I wanted to spend some time in the middle, I’m enjoying batting at the moment, coming in early is a good opportunity, although I would like to be out there in the last 10 overs,” he added.
While speaking about Ross Taylor’s catch, Carey said that he couldn’t find the ball at first but somehow managed it.
“It was a tough catch (Ross Taylor wicket), was difficult to see the high ball under the blue skies, Ross was obviously a pretty key wicket. We will now go to Manchester, South Africa just had a nice win, so we need to keep performing and keep winning,” he expressed.
Captain Aaron Finch also praised Usman Khawaja’s knock of 88 off 129 balls which built a 107-run partnership with Carey.
“Great partnership to get us to a competitive total by Khawaja and Carey. It was important that we get time in the middle. It was a difficult surface to play strokes on, and for Alex to get the ball off the middle was impressive,” added Finch.
“It was also a good surface for Lyon to bowl, I thought, and he bowled really well. Important to bowl the part-timers too. It helps the team so much to get wickets in the middle-overs, like Starc, who can just return and take wickets immediately,” he again shared.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has bowled a couple of overs in the game where he said that he bowled a few extra overs when they failed to break the partnership of Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey and that certainly cost the game.
“We were in a position of strength in the first half of the first innings at 92/5. Credit to the way they rebuilt and got themselves to a competitive total. I guess we were going to hide it up, and I bowled a few more overs than I would have imagined,” said Williamson.
“Two left-handers were playing, so the match-up was important – that of the ball going away, and hence I gave myself a longer spell. We weren’t able to break that partnership and Carey came and took the game away – brilliant innings on that surface,” he further added.
Williamson also praised the Australian bowlers as they have bowled brilliantly.
“I think Australia adapted better than we did. Some big lads hit the wicket hard and reaped the rewards. We needed a major partnership of more than a hundred to chase down this total on the given surface, and the guys fought hard but it wasn’t to be today,” said the captain.
“It’s important that we move on quickly from this game. We need to do better on the next surface. We need to have a look at the surface when we get there and make the right decisions accordingly. The wickets haven’t been what most people expected, and they’re getting tired towards the end of the tournament,” he expressed.