The Australian team asked the match officials about the changeover
Australian skipper Aaron Finch was frustrated after his side failed to claim the victory over Pakistan in the first T20I played in Sydney. He pointed out the time given for the innings during the rain-interrupted match. Australia chased a run target of 119 in 15 overs, however, they were short with 11 runs. They only posted 41-0 in three overs.
The match was reduced to 15-overs-a-side. However, Finch was frustrated with the 20-minute break taken for the change of innings. The ICC rules say that a referee has the mandate to shorten the innings break to as low as 10 minutes at his discretion. This was not utilized by the match referee Javagal Srinath.
‘If you're cutting overs off the game and you still have a 20-minute break, it doesn't make much sense to me. When you lose a few overs and then you still have a 20-minute break... I thought that was really interesting. But it's part of the rules and you can't do much about it’, Finch said.
Australia vice-captain Alex Carey said that they asked the match-officials about the changeover. ‘We asked the question on what the changeover would be, and it remains the same. It's disappointing to be so close to what might have been’, he said.
‘But it's part of the game, we're all aware of that. It's one of those things we can't change. I guess as spectators they would have liked the result. We understand it's good and bad, we can't change it', he added.
The next T20I match will be held tomorrow. Australia (-384.62) has the favourable odds to win against Pakistan (+310). Check out the latest cricket odds on Betwala.
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