After Australia’s first game against New Zealand was abandoned due to rain, skipper Steve Smith says his side must play ever game like a final to have any chance of advancing tot he knockout stage of the Champions Trophy.
Smith admitted after the match on Friday, Australia got of jail, with New Zealand in a strong position before the rain set in.
The Black Caps scored 291, before Australia was reeling at 3-53, chasing a rain affected total of 235 from 33 overs, before the match was called off, with each side gaining one point from the draw.
With games against Bangladesh and England to come, Smith says both matches are must win for the Aussies to advance tot he semifinals.
“For us now it’s just about making sure that we’re playing each game like a final and winning the next two,” Smith said.
“It’s a pretty quick tournament, so you can’t really afford too many, well, a washout, really, or a loss.
“So you’ve got to turn it around quickly now and control what you can control.”
There could be a few changes from the side that faced New Zealand, with Smith scathing of his side’s bowling attack following the game, declaring it “one of the worst bowling displays that we’ve put on for a very long time”.
“We bowled both sides of wicket. We gave them a lot of freebies. And it was pretty ordinary, to be honest with you,” Smith said.
“Let’s hope it’s rust and let’s hope it’s gone. Because that was, as I said, it was pretty ordinary. We did not bowl well at all. So that’s something we need to look at and improve on for the next game.
“The last probably 10, 15 overs was pretty good, and that’s something that I guess we have done pretty well for a very long time.”
Australia face Bangladesh at the Oval on Monday night AEST.