A taxing build-up and mounting fatigue is “no excuse” for Australia’s false start at the T20 World Cup, where Mark Waugh has urged the nation to adapt better under pressure.
Australia was given a sobering reality check in its opening match on Saturday as New Zealand outshone the lacklustre hosts in all three disciplines.
The game was out of Australia’s hands in a matter of minutes; the decision to bowl first backfiring as openers Finn Allen and Devon Conway smashed 46 runs from the opening three overs.
Catch the T20 World Cup Live on Kayo. Don’t Risk Missing All Your Teams’ Matches. New to Kayo? Start your free trial now >
Captain Aaron Finch opted to keep the pace on for too long despite the Kiwi assault in friendly batting conditions, and was spooked out of bowling Glenn Maxwell due to Conway’s ability against spin.
Adam Zampa conceded after the match that Australia was…