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Australia will have to move on quickly from their first up loss to India on Sunday, having let a golden opportunity slip through their fingers.
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Australia’s batters wilted under the pressure of India’s spinners on a what looked like a strip perfectly tailored from the hosts.
But after having India 3/2 and dropping an early chance off Virat Kohli, Australia lost the match by six wickets.
South Africa defeated Sri Lanka by 102 runs in their first match.
7.05pm — Big moves as Pat Cummins wins the toss and bowls
Australia will bowl first but there’s been some big moves at the selection table with Marcus Stoinis in for Cameron Green, with Alex Carey dropped for Josh Inglis.
Brendan Julian on Fox Sports said it “big news” with Carey being dropped.
On Nine, Mark Taylor said Inglis’ inclusion was “a surprise”.
Kerry O’Keeffe said he wasn’t sure Carey’s “head was in the right spot”.
Carey was put LBW for a duck in the six wicket loss to India and hadn’t reached 20 in seven of his last eight innings.
It’s sparked a theory that Carey is still rattled by the Ashes stumping controversy.
AUS XI: David Warner, Mitch Marsh, Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, Josh Inglis (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Cameron Green, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Josh Hazlewood, Adam Zampa
SA XI: Temba Bavuma (c), Quinton de Kock, Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
7pm — Ponting truth Australia ‘can’t afford’
Each team has nine matches in this World Cup, yet Australia’s tournament is hanging by a thread after just one after a first up loss to India.
In a match that got away, Australia had India 3/2 before India chased down the Aussies’ 199 with 8.4 overs remaining in a six wicket win.
But with the best of the best playing, there’s little wiggle room as just four of the 10 teams will make the semi-finals.
On Fox Cricket, Kerry O’Keeffe said that 6-3 record should be enough to make the playoffs.
However, if Australia start the tournament 0-2, it will leave the tournament essentially a knockout for the 2015 champions.
Despite being just Australia’s second clash of the tournament, former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting said it was very close to a must win.
“Australia, to me, looked to be a fair way off the mark, to be honest, in that game against India,” Ponting said via the ICC Podcast.
“You can’t afford to be zip-and-two (0-2) in a World Cup. We know how important it is to finish up the top of the table.”
But while there’s a potentially bleak result at the end of the match, Ponting said he still has hope, especially if spin leader Adam Zampa can bounce back to form.
“I’ve still got full faith in their squad. It is a very good squad, a very talented squad,” Ponting said.
“We know there’s a lot of all-rounders in that side.
“The other thing that I probably learned is that they’re going to need Adam Zampa bowling well. It’s as simple as that.
“With only Zampa and (Glenn) Maxwell as the recognised spinners in their playing XI for that first game, then a lot of the wicket-taking onus is going to come back on Zampa. It didn’t happen in game one.”