Australia’s skipper Steve Smith feels that his team did not perform as well as he wanted to in the rain-curtailed Champions Trophy game at Edgbaston, Birmingham against New Zealand.
“We obviously still had some batters in the shed that can certainly play when you need to be chasing a total like that. But probably certainly would have preferred to being in New Zealand’s position when we came off the end there. We still had a lot of work to do and they’ve got a quality bowling attack as well. So we perhaps got away with one there,” said Smith after the match.
“I thought it was probably one of the worst bowling displays that we’ve put on for a very long time. We bowled both sides of wicket. We gave them a lot of freebies. And it was pretty ordinary, to be honest with you,” ranted Smith.
Once again Williamson preferred to not read too much into it, having faced them.
“It’s not really something you think about too much. You just, as a batsman, I’m assuming you’re asking, when I was out in the middle. I think if they have a slight [off] day where they’re not bowling perfectly, they’re still very, very good. And that’s sort of the nature of their attack. They’re probably one of the best attacks in world cricket.
“And they’re always taking wickets. And today I thought the opening partnership from us was very, very good and put them under a bit of pressure on a good batting surface. But they were still able to take those wickets as well, which is something, I suppose, for the other teams to strive for, that on some of these surfaces you want to take those wickets through that middle period and certainly at the death as well,” said Williamson.