Australian pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson has claimed that their batting order got a little bit nervous through the middle period in their dramatic World Cup loss to New Zealand on Saturday at Eden Park.
Nerves got the better of Australia`s batting lineup in their dramatic World Cup loss to New Zealand at the weekend and they may have been overawed by the occasion, Australian paceman Mitchell Johnson said.
Veteran slow-bowler Daniel Vettori was hailed on Sunday as the "unsung hero" of New Zealand`s knife-edge one-wicket World Cup win over Australia for applying the brakes on the four-time champions just when they threatened a run rampage.
New Zealand are confident that captain Brendon McCullum will be fit for next Sunday`s World Cup clash against Afghanistan despite taking a nasty blow on his left arm from Australia fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.
Australia captain Michael Clarke attributed an over-emphasis on attack as the reason behind his team`s poor batting performance in the one-wicket loss to New Zealand in the World Cup Pool A match at Eden Park on Saturday.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum was cleared of serious injury after taking a nasty crack to the forearm from Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson during a cricket World Cup Pool A encounter here Saturday.
In a much-awaited clash between the co-hosts, New Zealand beat Australia by one wicket in a low-scoring thriller. While defending a small total of 151, Australian bowlers never lost hopes and fought till the end to make a match out of nowhere.
One of the most fierce cricketing rivalries will play out in what is expected to be a crackling contest when four-time champions Australia lock horns with underdogs-turned-contenders New Zealand in a group A match of the ICC World Cup here on Saturday.
New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum Friday quashed any fears over paceman Tim Southee`s participation in Saturday`s World Cup game against Australia, saying he is expected to play in an unchanged team.
Afghanistan's latest cricket sensation Hamid Hassan found his way into the pages of the popular US daily the 'Wall Street Journal' after his somersaulting antics post Kumar Sangakkara's wicket in their match against Sri Lanka caught the attention of one and all.