Former veteran spinner Shane Warne said that the 24-run defeat against England in the low-scoring second ODI would give Australia a ‘big shock to morale’. England’s team, batting first in this match, could only score 231 for 9 wickets, in response to which the Australian team was reduced to 207 runs.
Australia’s score was 144 for 2 at one time and it seemed that the team would win the match easily but then their batting was shattered like playing cards. Warne recalled the performance of the first match of the T20I series played before the ODI series and said, ‘Before that match, Australia had not played cricket in a long time, in that case you could be soft on them. Due to this, however, they lost the series.
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Australia was also in a strong position in that match scoring 124 runs for 2 wickets but then due to successive wickets, it could only manage 148 runs for 2 wickets and lost the match by two runs. The Australian veteran said, ‘Since then the team was doing very well but the result of this ODI will hurt their spirits. They have been proud to win the match from such a position.
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He said, ‘Usually this team does not do that. He did not perform well, just Aaron Finch sounding in rhythm. Now the series is equal to 1-1. Who writes such a script? ‘ England’s team was in a difficult situation for 149 for 8 at one time but Tom Karan (37) and Adil Rashid (35 not out) added 76 runs for the ninth wicket to take the team to the better position.
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Warne targeted the bowlers, saying, “They were a bit wrong.” He was a little greedy in trying to get wickets. The third and deciding match of the series will be played on Wednesday.