Five talking points from the Black Caps' loss to Australia at the Cricket World Cup.
Too many dots
Chasing 244 for victory, time was on the Black Caps' side. And then it wasn't. Partly that's due to batting second on a worn surface. Partly it's because Australia have the World Cup's best bowling attack. But in using 172 dot balls – of their total 262 faced – the Black Caps hamstrung their chase. Rotating the strike in challenging situations must be a focus. Every shot does not have to be a boundary but shutting up shop only makes pressure mount.