Sydney, Jan 30: Australia’s chief Twenty20 strategists, George Bailey and Mickey Arthur, have admitted frustration at their inability to find a fast bowler who can be relied on to thwart opponents’ fast finishes.
Captain Bailey said Australia’s expensive finish with the ball – it conceded 80 runs from its last seven overs on Monday night at the MCG – was pivotal in both Twenty20 losses to Sri Lanka over the past week, reports Sydney Morning Herald.
The bowler who suffered the most punishment in both matches was Tasmania’s Ben Laughlin. Bailey said the 30-year-old had been selected in the expectation he would “nail his death stuff and be hard to hit through the middle with his change-ups” but he did not guarantee Laughlin would be retained for the season-ending Twenty20 match against the West Indies in Brisbane on February 13.
Bailey’s declaration that he was “really happy” with the composition of Australia’s Twenty20 squad was echoed by head coach Arthur, who said selectors had taken notice of Big Bash League form by selecting the likes of Laughlin, James Faulkner and Ben Cutting to complement entrenched fast bowler Mitch Starc. (ANI)