Trott rues Afghanistan ‘waiting for Maxwell to get out’

Afghanistan head coach Jonathan Trott rued the missed chances in the field after his team was stunted by a Glenn Maxwell special in Mumbai that put Australia through to the 2023 World Cup semis on Tuesday.Having scored a strong 291, Afghanistan had Australia on the mat at 91/7 but Maxwell threw caution to the wind after getting a life on 33 in the 22nd over, and went on to score a whirlwind 201* to script a come-from-behind win for the ages. Trott felt the couple of dropped chances for someone like Maxwell was always going to come back to haunt them.”It’s a case of we got ourselves into position and should have capitalised, obviously dropped two chances, and gave a person like Maxwell a chance. He’s going to run with it and he almost played with a bit of freedom and almost freed him up a little bit and gave a bit of momentum back to them. I thought, it was a spectacular innings, a world-class innings. But, yeah, we certainly helped him along the way,” Trott told media after Afghanistan’s heartbreaking loss.The three-wicket defeat meant Afghanistan missed the opportunity to potentially climb to the fourth spot in the standings and strengthen their case for a maiden World Cup semis berth. As such, they’re now in a mid-table tussle, tied on eight points alongside Pakistan and New Zealand – separated only by their respective NRRs. Their final fixture is against a strong South African side with a knockouts berth on the line, and Trott hoped the two points they lost to Australia, from a comfortable winning position, would have taught his young side a lesson for the future.”I always think could we have done a few things slightly different, bowled certain areas, different bowlers here or there,” Trott said. “Obviously, there are certain things you would like to try differently now, but hindsight is a great thing. And so, it’s a good lesson for our players because, in this game, if you take your eye off the ball just a little bit and you think too far ahead, and you try and start thinking other things instead of just worrying about taking the next wicket, this game can bite you pretty quickly.”Obviously it’s a disappointing loss, but it’s an experience for a young side, developing. We need to make sure that we learn from these sorts of things. And just how cut-throat cricket is at the highest level and how you need to be on your game, not for 70 overs, but for 100 overs.”Trott noted that while there’s going to be no pointing fingers or playing blame game, Afghanistan will be hurting from the fact that let a struggling batter run away with the game. Nor did they try different tactics to induce a false shot. Suffering from severe cramps, Maxwell got plenty in his hitting arc and duly dispatched those into the stands to march to a 128-ball double-century that is now the fastest in ODIs and also the highest individual effort in a run-chase.”There’s no pointing fingers, there’s no blaming,” Trott said. “I said to the team, as a bowler, is there anything you would have perhaps now done differently with regards to, in practice, developing a different delivery, would you have perhaps bowled different balls? As long as we learn from it and see how we can get better.”But it is difficult to get over the fact that one player’s got 200 and the rest of the team have got 80 probably. So that’s a difficult thing to understand and the boys are hurting, and you’ll certainly be wishing they could have it back.”Trott said that while the shoulders dropped in the field as quickly as Maxwell’s knock progressed, there’s a lesson for his inexperienced in this to never take their foot off the pedal, not against a world-class player and a world-class opposition.”You give any world-class player two lives; he’s going to hurt you. So for the players coming in and the players developing all around the game, it’s not just about bowling in the nets. It’s about practicing your fielding. Make sure your fielding is improving all the time. Because it’s ended up costing us a game today, an important game. So that’s a little thing everyone can learn from.”When, unfortunately, the second catch went down, everyone just seemed to be waiting for Maxwell to get out. I didn’t see a lot of encouragement or people cheering up each other and encouraging each other. It seemed like the attitude was a little bit, well, hopefully we’ll still win. When you get an opportunity against a side like Australia, you’ve got to grab it. They’re not going to just give it to you. And you’ve got to take it. If you get a chance to take it, you’ve got to take it. And that’s the type of things we’ll learn from today and what we just spoke about in the dressing-room.”Trott however remained positive that Afghanistan team will bounce back from this disappointment, ahead of their final round-robin game against South Africa in Ahmedabad, just like they did earlier in the tournament to win three on the trot after their defeats to hosts India and New Zealand.”We lost the New Zealand game pretty heavily and came back and won the next game,” he said. “We lost the India game very heavily, came back and beat England – so yeah there is evidence of us coming back. No time to muck around, we’ve got to pick ourselves up and learn from the experience. And there’s some great learning points for the guys going forward. But yeah, it’s a bitter pill to swallow. It would really be nice just sitting here with 10 points. But hopefully that’s after the South Africa game.”


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