Australia crushed by New Zealand, player ratings, analysis, video highlights

Australia won the coin toss, but history will show that the decision to send New Zealand to bat on a flat SCG wicket was the wrong one in their opening T20 World Cup game.

Beaten in all facets of the game, Australia were on the back foot from the opener as Mitchell Starc was crushed for 14 and hit for a six and two limits.

Matches, especially those in the World Cup, are often won in the first overs. It sets the tone.

As Aaron Finch said, New Zealand “took over us”. Indeed they did, and they never recovered as New Zealand sealed a famous 89-point victory, which was set up by Devon Conway (92 not from 58), who played beautifully and picked her moments to pounce.

Conway’s timing and shot selection was complemented by opening partner Finn Allen, who beat 42 of 16 to shock Australia.

Here are our player ratings from the massive loss, which puts Australia at risk of not making the semi-finals.

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New Zealand’s Devon Conway (L) plagued Pat Cummins and Australia’s attack at SCG. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

David Warner – 2

5 out of 6

You won’t see a more unfortunate method of returning as the Aussie flyhalf somehow brought the ball back to the stumps after hitting the ball on his pad and then returning it to his stumps in his follow up. Warner smiled in disbelief.

Aaron Finch – 2

13 out of 11

A huge six as Finch loaded Trent Boult’s first ball from the third and hit the left arm over the cow corner.

The bat sound was as clean as you can imagine.

Unfortunately, shortly after, Finch tried to take cover from Mitchell Santner and found Kane Williamson in cover.

It was a tough shot to land as Santner drifted the ball and targeted the stumps.

Mitch Marsh – 3

16 out of 12

Marsh’s inside cover for six against Santner will be tough to beat this World Cup, but one hit doesn’t make a World Cup.

The first drop went for Tim Southee’s big shot and although he had a good portion of it, he didn’t get enough as he was caught well by Jimmy Neesham.

Australian David Warner reacts after being beaten by New Zealander Tim Southee. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

Glenn Maxwell – 4

28 out of 20

Australia’s top scorer, but the Big Show innings ended in embarrassment as he was knocked down attempting a reverse sweep.

The idea had at least some logic. The right-hander was clearly attempting the shorter limit at the Bill O’Reilly stand.

But when does someone ask if the risk is worth it? Almost a third of the deliveries Maxwell faced were reverse sweeps and only one went for six.

Maxwell didn’t play either.

Marcus Stoinis – 2

7 out of 14; 0-38 out of 4

Devon Conway’s timing meant Stoinis couldn’t settle, with the southpaw playing great shots to detract from the all-rounder’s tricks.

Never pitched in with the bat, Australia caught between two batting needs to stay in the crease but hit from the start.

Stoinis probably won’t be forced to start from a better hold, with Glenn Phillips catching Adam Dale’s.

Glenn Maxwell reacts as he walks away after being played at SCG. Photo: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Tim David – 2

11 out of 8

Six and out.

Demanding 139 of the last 60 deliveries, David hit the first ball from Santner’s third for six but then tried to repeat the dose but held on at half wicket.

Matthew Wade – 2

2 out of 4

Came in and needed to start off the start but was beaten for pace and broke away against Lochie Ferguson.

Wade behaved well.

Pat Cummins – 2.5

0-46 out of 4; 21 out of 18

Cummins’ numbers weren’t helped by the fall of short-legged Adam Zampa, as Allen was taken down with a one-handed hook shot from a short delivery that flew.

Nonetheless, Cummins was hit for his worst numbers in international T20 history, with the right-hand man unable to find his line.

Australia’s Mitchell Starc (L) attempts to field the ball as New Zealand’s Devon Conway runs. Photo: AFPSource: AFP

Mitchell Starc – 3

0-36 out of 4; 4 out of 7

The left arm craved swing but only felt the force of Allen’s bat as Starc was punished for throwing the ball.

Starc looked to finish with a bang but failed to get his last ball out of his four overs, as he was boundary-hit by a crevice ball to Conway.

Adam Zampa – 3

1-39 out of 4; 0 out of 2

Managed to tie up Kane Williamson, but Zampa was choked out by Conway.

The left hander picked his moments, tackling the leg spinner early in the overs.

Zampa also dropped Finn Allen early which cost Australia.

Josh Hazlewood – 4.5

2-41 of 4; 1 step out

Belted in his first over, Hazlewood came back in his second as a perfectly thrown yorker bowled Allen.

He also took the wicket from Glenn Phillips in his third over, taking a catch and bowling.

Unfortunately, the Hazlewood final let him down, as his full delivery was dispatched for six to give the Kiwis all the momentum heading into the second set.