David Warner’s caution and Usman Khawaja’s demotion stump Australia | Geoff Lemon

The World Cup defeat by India shows things are clearly amiss with Australia’s batting and their returning champion

What – and I cannot stress this enough – the hell was that all about? A common narrative during this World Cup has been that Australia are finding form at the right time, grinding out results by summoning some ghost of champions past. The reality is that after a run chase against Afghanistan mired in drudgery, then a botch against West Indies that was saved by the bowlers, Australia’s batting was exposed against India in a way that was entirely predictable yet offered some spicy new elements.

Why, if you had to chase 352 runs at seven per over, would your opening batsman who is celebrated for attacking flair start by blocking out 50 balls?

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