‘Lazy’ Green blasted on ‘sorry day’ for Aussies

‘Lazy’ Green blasted on ‘sorry day’ for Aussies

A “lazy” brain explosion from Cameron Green was the lowlight of a miserable day for Australia as its World Cup preparations took another massive blow.

India romped home to a rain-affected, 99-run, series-clinching win in Indore, marking Australia’s fifth successive loss.

But it was a moment late in the Aussies’ chase that summed up the night – Sean Abbott got an inside edge onto his foot, and he and Green scampered through for a single.

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Running to the danger end, Green looked to have comfortably made his ground despite a direct hit from Ishan Kishan.

Cameron Green was given out run out after he failed to ground his bat in the second ODI against India. (FOX Sports)

Umpire Kumar Dharmasena sent it upstairs, and replays showed Green didn’t ground his bat – something cricketers are drilled into doing from a young age.

“Talking about bizarre incidents tonight, add that to the list,” Mark Waugh said in commentary.

“That’s just lazy. At this level, you’ve got to be doing the basics well.

“I know this game is probably gone, but you still need to be putting pressure on yourself individually to do the right things … it’s been a sorry day for him – he went for 100 with the ball, and now he gets run-out.”

The cameras panned to skipper Pat Cummins – who wasn’t playing – and coach Andrew McDonald, neither of whom looked particularly impressed.

Australian coaching staff reacting after Cameron Green was given out run out after he failed to ground his bat in the second ODI against India. (FOX Sports)

Australia was eventually bowled out for 217.

Earlier, stand-in skipper Steve Smith won the toss and sent India in, only to watch as his bowlers were belted to all parts. 

India posted 5-399, its highest ODI score against Australia. Had they conceded one more run it would have been the second time in four matches Australia had leaked 400.

The tourists’ bowling attack was without Cummins, who was rested just one match after his return from injury, and Mitchell Starc.

Josh Hazlewood had Ruturaj Gaikwad caught behind in just the fourth over, but Shreyas Irey and Shubman Gill then combined for a 200-run stand for the second wicket.

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Both scored hundreds, before KL Rahul (52) and then a blistering 72 not out from just 37 balls from Suryakuma Yadav put the sword to the Aussies’ throat.

Green was the only Aussie bowler to take multiple wickets, but still went for more than 100 runs. The Indian batters belted him for nine sixes – half of their 18 total.

In reply, the Australian top order failed to fire. Matt Short – elevated to opener with Mitch Marsh also rested – was first to fall in the second over, and Smith was also out for his first golden duck since 2017. Both were out chasing wide balls from Prasidh Krishna.

The target was revised to 317 from 33 overs after a 73-minute rain delay.

David Warner made his second half-century of the series, but was again unable to go on with it, out lbw for 53 trying to reverse sweep Ravi Ashwin. Replays later showed he got a faint bottom edge and would have survived a review.

Hazlewood strikes early

In Ashwin’s previous over, the left-handed Warner faced up right-handed and swept him for four.

From there, Australia lost regular wickets and never looked in the hunt, although a quick-fire 54 from 36 balls from Abbott helped the score look somewhat respectable.

“World Cups are about peaking at the right time, and we certainly haven’t done that at this stage,” Smith said in the post-match presentation.

“We know we’re a good side, so hopefully we can turn it around in the next one.”

The third and final game of the series will take place on Wednesday evening.

The two sides will get their World Cup campaigns underway when they face each other on October 8.

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