He does not consider the back-to-back Twenty20 losses to India a major setback but Australia’s stand-in cricket coach Michael Di Venuto concedes that his team has certainly been outplayed in all three departments of the game so far.
The Australians lost the second T20 in Melbourne to give away an unassailable 2-0 lead to the visitors in the three-match series, the first bilateral triumph on Australian soil for M S Dhoni’s men.
“We’re just getting completely outplayed in all three departments at the moment, the bat, ball and the field,” he told reporters at the Sydney airport.
“Their batters are in outstanding touch and have been all summer. We’re struggling to get early wickets and get into their middle order,” he added.
Di Venuto said his team’s batsmen have also struggled to cope with the spinners.
“They’re playing exceptionally well, there’s no doubt about that. I was pretty happy with our start with the bat, we were right on track but then spin again was our undoing in the middle overs,” he said.