Not good enough from an Australian team: Wade

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10 Aug 2021 | 02:43 AM staff

Not good enough from an Australian team: Wade

Australia were blown away 1-4 in the T20I series against Bangladesh

The Australian skipper for the tour of Bangladesh, Matthew Wade said their performance in the five-match T20I series "was not good enough for an Australian cricket team" and have urged batters to find ways to score runs in spin-friendly conditions. Australia were blown away 1-4 in the T20I series, and on top of that, were also bundled out for just 62 in the final encounter - their lowest score in T20Is.

"There's not a lot of positives to take out of it, to get beaten in the fashion we did, especially tonight, was not good enough from an Australian cricket team regardless of the personnel we've got here. The reality is we need to get better at spin, myself included. There's a lot of players in this team who need to find a way to score runs in these conditions.

"(Bangladesh) are a terrific team in their own conditions, their spinners bowled really well, and they still found a way to find the extra runs and that's something we can definitely get better at doing. Whether they came a little harder at the front and that is something we maybe needed to do earlier."

Australia were without the likes of Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steve Smith, Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell but still had enough experienced batsmen in their squad. Australia managed scores of 108, 121/7, 117/4, 105/7 and 62 in the five games and Wade blamed the senior figures for not stepping up.

"I do not blame the young players one bit. Myself, Moises (Henriques), Dan Christian, we are all experienced players and we needed to do better. Those (younger) guys got the opportunity to experience these conditions and if they take it as a learning opportunity to become better players, as we all should, then at least we've learnt something.

"I've played a lot of cricket and they are certainly the most challenging T20 international pitches I've ever played on. What they've seen out here will be very valuable going forward but it's on the senior batting group, we needed to get more runs. If the batters can go back and find a way to get those extra runs in challenging conditions that will hold us in good stead."

Meanwhile, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan feels that their maiden series win over Australia would serve as a perfect morale-booster ahead of this year's T20 World Cup. The 34-year-old, who scored 114 runs and picked seven wickets, was named Player of the Series.

"Even though the scorecard doesn't show it but it would definitely make us much more confident for the upcoming World T20. There is also an upcoming series against New Zealand. I think it will be good preparation. Maybe the batsmen wouldn't be able to score many runs, as we've been playing on slow, low and turning wickets, but at the end of the day, winning is the most important (thing)," said Shakib. 

"If we have confidence in ourselves, then the morale of the team will also be at a higher place, and our winning mentality will grow in the process. We feel an added motivation to play against the teams that don't often tour Bangladesh regularly. After a successful tour of Zimbabwe, every one of us was motivated that they have to play well in this series as we had never won a series against Australia."

The left-arm spinner claimed four wickets in the final T20I and became only the second bowler after Lasith Malinga to take 100 wickets in men's T20Is. "It definitely feels good when I earn an achievement like this, as personal achievements always motivate me to play even better for the team.

"But it wouldn't have been possible if I hadn't had the help from all the teammates I have played with throughout my career. Their support, along with the support from the coaching staff, the audience, was very important for me. I'm very happy, and I'd like to contribute to the team for a long time."

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