Australian captain Steve Smith criticised their batsmen in the second one-day international at Melbourne Cricket Ground played on 15th January 2017. Steve Smith was the top scorer with 60 runs. Australia scored 220 runs only which the Pakistan team chased down. Pakistan won their first match against Australia in Australia after a gap of 12 years which is a great achievement for a team which had been struggling.
The stand in captain Mohammad Hafeez played a captain knock scoring 72 runs.
“I thought it was probably a 260-odd wicket, and we weren’t able to (achieve that). It was quite two-paced and quite hard to score. So, we needed to form a few partnerships, and take it deep to be able to have a bit of a launching pad, and we weren’t able to do that, we lost wickets in clumps, and weren’t able to get partnerships thereafter.” Smith was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
Australian batsmen played rash strokes which led to their own downfall as they did not score many runs. In the first match also, Australia lost 5 for 78 but Matthew Wade’s century ensured that Australia reached a competitive total. Apart from Steve Smith, none of batsmen was able to score runs . The series is level at 1-1 with the third match to be played at Perth on 19th January.
“I think we have been in a bit of a rush, to be honest, and few players coming back from BBL. I guess there’s no excuse for the Test players, but I think we have been in a bit of a rush, we need to grind it in a little bit and give ourselves a chance and form some partnerships. So that we have got that power in the sheds to go hard in the backend, because we know we have got plenty of power, most of them have been back in the shed by the time we need to go. Give ourselves a bit of an opportunity, and hopefully, we will be able to go bit better in Perth.”