Australia lost its first match of World Cup 2023 against India by six wickets, and then lost their second match against South Africa by a massive margin of 134 runs.
After the second consecutive defeat, former Australian cricketer Michael Clarke said that the strategy of the team in the World Cup is beyond comprehension. “Australia has prepared terribly for the World Cup,” he said.
Calling it “incomprehensible” to field Josh Ingles instead of Alex Carey, Clarke asked if the latter was responsible for the defeat against India. “I don’t know what the positives are so far. How can you take Alex Carey to the World Cup? If you have taken it, then why did you drop him after one match?”
Firmly stating that he was not disrespecting Josh Ingles, Clarke said, “I don’t know him but I’ve heard he’s talented. Josh Ingles wasn’t good behind the wickets. He couldn’t even bat. I think Pat Cummins is better for captaincy.”
On the other hand, former captain Mark Taylor said that Australia’s strategy has not been aggressive, adding that the team is waiting for the opportunity and not trying to get the opportunity. “In Asian conditions, you have to kill to get the batsmen out. If your approach is defensive, think of saving boundaries, then so many boundaries will be scored.