Marcus Stoinis says Australia must accept pressure after defeat


Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis said the Twenty20 world champions were hurt after an 89-run humiliation by New Zealand in their Super 12 stage clash on Saturday, but backed the hosts to ease the pressure and reach the semi-finals. .

The result at Sydney Cricket Ground knocked Australia’s net run rate, which will be used to separate teams level on points in the standings, and left them almost certainly needing four Group 2 wins to reach the bottom four. . There was a little bit of pain in the locker room after that one,” Stoinis told reporters. “It’s the first match of the World Cup and if we take care of the rest, then everything should be fine. “It leaves us in a position where other people can be in control. But if we go through and we’ve only lost one game and we didn’t make it, I think probably, to some extent, we can be okay with that.

“But for now, the next focus is Sri Lanka. Stoinis said Tuesday’s game against the Asian nation was an opportunity for his team to fix things. “This is what we love to do,” Stoinis said. “We know that we have acted under pressure. We know that when we have our backs against the wall we can put out the performances we want. “We trust ourselves and we trust each other. Sometimes the environment helps create a bit of that. And it’s ironic, but we still feed on it and joke about it and agitate each other about it. I hope we’re okay.”


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