SL vs AUS: We Felt We Got A Little One-dimensional At Certain Periods – Australia Coach Andrew McDonald On Defeat In 3rd T20I vs Sri Lanka

Updated - 12 Jun 2022, 05:57 PM

Andrew McDonald. Photo- CA
Andrew McDonald. Photo- CA

Australia National Cricket Team head coach Andrew McDonald, while talking about the third T20I match of the three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, said that the Aaron Finch and Co. got “one-dimensional” which resulted in Australia facing a 4-wicket defeat.

Australia were heading into the 3rd T20I against Sri Lanka, having already won the series after winning the first two games comfortably.

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In the 3rd T20I, Australia won the toss and opted to bat first to challenge themselves. Things were going smooth for the Aussie team as they had scored 176 runs while batting first, and the bowlers made sure that the top-order batters of Sri Lanka doesn’t fire.

Dasun Shanaka
Dasun Shanaka. Image: Sri Lanka Cricket

However, Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka’s extraordinary hitting helped Sri Lanka score a record-breaking 59 runs from the last three overs to clinch a victory. This was the third time this year Sri Lanka had put Australia’s death bowling under tremendous pressure while defending a target.

Meanwhile, the Aussie head coach Andrew McDonald said that they were “too predictable” in the third T20I against Sri Lanka.

“The small reviews we had last night with individuals was that if you had the time again you’d have taken some different options,” head coach Andrew McDonald was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“We felt we got a little one-dimensional at certain periods, a little too predictable and probably went away from what made us really good in the first two games, albeit we weren’t defending a total.”

We’ve been really good over a period of time – Andrew McDonald

(Photo by Daniel Pockett – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

McDonald further added that the Australian team have been playing very well in recent times and they were playing good cricket for 34 overs against Sri Lanka in the 3rd T20I.

“We feel that pressure probably took us away at times from what made us really good. We’ve been really good over a period of time and even last night you could argue that for 34 overs that we playing really good cricket. We’ve got some personnel who are getting exposed to situations which is always a positive,” he said. 

Aaron Finch, Dasun Shanaka, Australia, Sri Lanka
Aaron Finch, Dasun Shanaka. (Photo: Twitter)

“There were a couple of areas we could tidy up, no doubt about that. When you get put under that type of pressure…we didn’t execute as well as we may have hoped to in that situation but full credit to an innings of that quality, it deserves the result it got and it was a great game. Unfortunately, we were on the wrong side of that but plenty of opportunities to learn from those types of situations,” Andrew McDonald said.

After the T20I series, the teams will be playing a five-match ODI series and a two-match Test series with the ODI series starting on June 14.

Also Read: SL vs AUS: Dasun Shanaka’s Carnage Helps Sri Lanka Record Most Runs By A Team In Last Three Overs Of A Run-Chase

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