Calcutta: Australia coach Steve Rixon feels they need to work on their bowling if they want to make a comeback in the seven-match ODI series against India. The series is level at 1-1 after two matches.
“We are a bit disappointed with the loss. But chasing down a target of 360 is an extraordinary feat. We have to give credit where it is due. India batted brilliantly. In the end, they won at a canter. So we have got to do a bit of work on our bowling,” Rixon told a media conference in Jaipur on Thursday.
Speaking further on ironing out their flaws, Rixon said: “First things first… We have to make sure that we’re proactive about getting things solved and working on our weaknesses.
“We’ll be reviewing our performance… We have to make sure that the bowlers don’t suffer another onslaught in the upcoming matches. We will be talking to the bowlers individually… We will also discuss our plans and our approach with them. Hopefully, things will fall in place that way.”
Asked what went wrong in the Jaipur match, Rixon said the bowlers failed to execute the plan. “We’re not going to be reactive to it because I think it was a one-off game… I’ve seen a lot of cricket and you don’t see that happen very often.
“But it is something you’ve got to be able to control. In that position, we probably needed to implement our plan B a bit earlier than we actually did. Hopefully, we will no make the mistake in the next match.
“George made everything possible to stop the onslaught. He tried plan B and plan C. But I think the bowlers failed to execute the plan.”
Rixon sounded happy with the batsmen’s performance in the last two ODIs.
“We are very happy with our batting at the moment. The way the players have structured their innings… The way they all have contributed have made us really proud. The form of captain George Bailey, in particular, is also a good sign for Australian cricket,” Rixon asserted.
Rixon believes that this Australian side has the potential to make a comeback in the next match at Mohali on Saturday.
“We are in good shape. The guys were great… We had a discussion last night over beer… And they sounded confident of making a comeback.
“In the last two ODIs, the wickets were pretty flat. It helps the batsmen to a certain extent. Personally, I would like to see that the wicket offers something for everybody. But we knew that would be the case. So it is all about adapting to the conditions and give your best. The batsmen have been able to adapt. Now, we would expect our bowlers to do the same.”
Meanwhile, the Indian and Australian teams reached Chandigarh on Thursday from Jaipur to play the third ODI, at Mohali on Saturday.
According to PCA joint secretary G S Walia, the Indian team is scheduled to hold their practice session at the PCA stadium Friday morning.