There is no time to mope as Labuschagne seeks solutions for Australia.

There is no time to mope as Labuschagne seeks solutions for Australia.

Australia batter Marnus Labuschagne has urged his teammates not to be discouraged by his team’s winless start to the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, believing that there is still time for the five-time champions to regain their best form and qualify for the knockout stages.
The Australians were sloppy in the field and failed to gain much momentum with the bat as they were defeated by South Africa at BRSABVE Cricket Stadium on Tuesday, their second consecutive loss at the event.

Following two consecutive losses to begin the tournament, Australia is in a position where they can afford only a few slip-ups in their remaining seven group matches.

While New Zealand advanced to the semi-final stage of the most recent World Cup in 2019 with five wins and one draw, Australia will now need to win at least six of their final seven group matches in India to have any chance of claiming an unprecedented sixth title.

Their quest to do so will begin on Monday when they face Sri Lanka in Lucknow, and Labuschagne is confident his team can quickly turn things around.

“We can be disappointed about this performance, we can be disappointed about a lot of things… but the reality is you can’t sit in the changing room and sulk,” Labuschagne said following Australia’s 134-run defeat to South Africa.

“We’ve got to take action and we’ve got to get our tournament started, and in three days we’ve got Sri Lanka here, and I’m not sure how, this is my first World Cup, but I’m not sure how the points system works, but we’re going to need to win every game from here, I assume, or come very close to getting into that four.”

“However, it is also the reason Australia has won the World Cup five times.” It’s because we play well under pressure and we didn’t get off to a good start, but this is just the beginning, not the end.”

While Australia will be looking for immediate improvement in all aspects of the game, one area where they will be looking for immediate improvement is their fielding, after a slew of chances went begging against the Proteas.

Later in South Africa’s innings, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis dropped a sitter, skipper Pat Cummins dropped a gettable return catch off his own bowling, and Mitchell Starc, Josh Inglis, and sub-fielder Sean Abbott were among those who missed chances.

Labuschagne made no excuses for Australia’s poor field performance and expects his team to improve in this area as the tournament progresses.

“I’m not here to sit and make excuses,” he told me.

“We’re playing in the World Cup for Australia, and we need to be ready and better than that.”

“It’s difficult to pinpoint.” We pride ourselves on being one of the best fielding teams in the world, and we just didn’t seem to get it right today.

“We created opportunities but did not take them, and it was a poor performance from us.” But we must recover and get this train moving again.”




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