Carey backs Australia’s tactics despite India defeat

Australia wicket-keeper Alex Carey defended his team’s tactics with the bat after they slipped to a 36-run defeat by India at The Oval in their third match of the World Cup.

  • The defending champions lost by 36 runs to India at The Oval
  • Set 353 to win, they fell behind the run rate and finished 316 all out

Australia wicket-keeper Alex Carey defended his team’s tactics with the bat after they slipped to a 36-run defeat by India at The Oval in their third match of the World Cup.

Carey, 27, equalled his highest ODI score for Australia but his quickfire 55 not out was not enough to maintain Australia’s unbeaten start to the tournament.

When the big-hitting Carey came in to bat at No.7, his side faced a stiff task of needing 115 runs from the last ten overs to reach their target of 353.

But he insisted there was no discussion about promoting him or Glenn Maxwell up the order to push the run rate up.

Opener David Warner scored his slowest one-day international half-century and he failed to score of 50 of his 84 balls.

But Carey said: “We still backed the players out in the middle to get us there. If they’ve faced a few balls they have a better understanding of the situation.

“The deeper we take it, we trust our batters to soak up a few balls. They’ve done it in the past.

“There are so many options but we trust the batters we have. We had a good shake at it but we were just chasing a few too many runs in the end.”

Carey acknowledged that he took confidence from his time in the middle but he insisted: “There was a job to do to go at 12 runs an over for the best part of 10 or 15 overs. It was more the state of the game that dictated the way I played.

“With guys like Maxwell and [Nathan] Coulter-Nile we still back ourselves to go out and do that. We lost a few wickets against a really good attack.

“Bumrah and Kumar are really good finishers and unfortunately we fell short and didn’t have that set batter like India did.

“Shikhar played really well and the stats say if you get 120 you will win most games. It would have been nice to have one of our players in the top five who had 40 or 50 to go on make a big score and win the game for us.” Carey, who dropped a costly catch in India’s innings when he spilled the explosive Hardik Pandya first ball, paid tribute to the special atmosphere created at The Oval by the vast and vociferous support for the Indian team.

He said: “It’s always brilliant playing against India. I’ve played them in Australia, in India and now here. Every time I’ve loved the atmosphere – they’re very colourful, there’s lots of noise. It’s always good to play against India.”

By, Sirinama Rajapakse.

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