McDonald backs Aussies to hit form

12 July 2021 20:53:23 GMTPlus11

Australia assistant coach Andrew McDonald says they should be judged over the entire five-game T20 series against the West Indies not the opening two matches.

Australia, who are priced at 7.50 to win the T20 World Cup, are trailing the hosts 2-0 and need to win on Tuesday to keep the series alive.

Two alarming batting collapses have been the big issue for the Australian side as they lost 6-19 in the opening defeat and then 7-39 in game two.

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It is fair to say that the Aussies have had little action under their belt, and although that is not being used as an excuse, McDonald says it has to be taken into account.

By contrast the West Indies have just played a five-game series against South Africa and are in the groove.

"We always knew we were going to have our work cut out early on," McDonald said.

"We feel as though we got most parts of the prep right with the constraints that we had, so there's no excuse in terms of that. But it does take a bit of time to get up and running.

"We're coming up against a team that's had five T20 internationals against South Africa, they're well into their groove. A lot of these players play the T20 format the whole year around. Some of them don't even play in other formats.

"We've got some batters in the middle order who are batting with each other for the first time as well. They're not excuses, but it's exactly where we're at on the journey forward for this group for this tour.

"We wanted to be better, we felt as though we prepared to be better, and we didn't quite put it together for those first two matches. I think the key is to judge this group over the five matches."

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