- Australia suffered their second consecutive match in the ODI World Cup
- The Aussies lost to South Africa in what is their biggest defeat in World Cup history
- Aussie fans were left fuming after another poor display from their team
The ICC World Cup is currently underway in India and things are not going well for Australia who suffered their second consecutive loss on Thursday night to South Africa.
The 5 time world champions lost their opening game of the World Cup to hosts India and were looking to bounce back against South Africa but suffered an embarrassing 134 run defeat.
Aussies Lose After Dropping 5 Catches
Australia won the toss and captain Pat Cummins asked South Africa to bat. The Proteas played well as they put together partnerships that ensured Australia was always under pressure. Australia who pride themselves on their high standard of feeling let themselves and their fans down by dropping as many as 5 catches in the game.
They say that catches win matches and by the way the Aussies performed in the field, it was a deciding factor in the game as it helped South Africa put on a commanding total of 311 with Quinton de Kock scoring 109 from 106 balls.
Australia would have been okay with chasing that total after dropping so many catches but their batting let them down. They were unable to get any partnerships going and their highest run scorer was Marnus Labuschagne who got out on 45. The Aussies were bundled out for just 177 in 40.5 overs, making it their biggest defeat in World Cup history.
Aussies Fans Disappointed At Team’s Performance
Aussie fans were very disappointed with their team’s performance as it isn’t just about them losing but the manner in which they lost! Australia will now need to win 6 out of their remaining 7 games in order to qualify for the World Cup semi-final, a task that is going to be very difficult now!
In a statement, under pressure Aussie captain Pat Cummins said
Not much needs to be said tonight, everyone’s hurting. We were well off the mark. If we want to be challenging for this tournament you’ve got to adapt to all conditions.
Former Aussie captain now turned commentator Mark Taylor took a shot at the team and Cummins by saying they were playing too defensively and that the team’s mindset is not right!