Michael Clarke says Australia were terrible against Zimbabwe
Australia captain Michael Clarke said that the loss against Zimbabwe is extremely disappointing, terming his side’s show in the fourth ODI of the Triangular Series 2014 as terrible.
Elton Chigumbura hit an unbeaten half-century as Zimbabwe recorded a famous three-wicket victory over No. 1-ranked Australia in a one-day triangular series match in Harare on Sunday for only their second win over their opponents in 31 years.
Chigumbura finished on 52 not out and shared an unbroken stand of 55 with Prosper Utseya as Zimbabwe chased down a target of 210 to win with two overs to spare. Zimbabwe’s only previous win over the Australians was at Trent Bridge in the 1983 World Cup, in the first ever encounter between the two sides, AFP reported.
Sunday’s defeat was a humbling experience for Australia, who misread conditions and left out legspinning all rounder Steve Smith, and underestimated Zimbabwe by resting premier fast bowler Mitchell Johnson.
It proved to be even costlier as inspirational captain Michael Clarke re-injured his hamstring and will fly home on Monday.