England v Australia  1st Royal London Women's ODI
England v Australia 1st Royal London Women's ODI

‘No excuses’: Coach roasts undisciplined Aussie batters

The bowlers did their job but with Australia limping over the line after an underwhelming batting performance in the opening Women's Ashes ODI, coach Matthew Mott is demanding better. 

Despite taking first blood against England in the series, Australia's batters let themselves down in chasing down 178 with just two wickets to spare, after their bowlers put the side in a position to canter to victory.

Chastened, Australia felt relieved and a bit lucky to get the two points but have vowed to put things right when they return to Grace Road, Leicester, in the second ODI.

Katherine Brunt celebrates the wicket of Meg Lanning in the opening ODI.
Katherine Brunt celebrates the wicket of Meg Lanning in the opening ODI.

Mott acknowledged there were reasons, although no excuses, for the substandard innings.

"It's pressure, it's the first game of the Ashes, it's new conditions (but) we let ourselves down," Mott said.

"It was an outstanding job by the bowlers holding a very strong English lineup to 170-odd on that wicket.

"We should've got the victory two or three down.

"We'll be better in the second game. It's a one-off bad game."

Mott feels confident mental application will be the remedy to bring about an improved performance.

"It stuck out like the proverbial you had to play straight and they played across the line," Mott said.

"There's no real excuse. Some of the shots when we only needed one and a half an over...hopefully we don't make those mistakes again. It's one we got away with.

 

Matthew Mott had nothing but compliments for the Aussie bowling attack.
Matthew Mott had nothing but compliments for the Aussie bowling attack.

"When they get balls that hit a hard length they've got to punch down the ground on these wickets."

Ashes debutant Georgia Wareham, who held an end up - albeit without scoring - to help Australia over the line, feels Australia will take confidence from their bowling display and expects the batters to lift their performance to the same level.

"We were really lucky to scrape through with the win," Wareham said.

"I was pretty nervous, being out there with (Delissa Kiimmince), both our hearts were racing when we were out there.

"It was just really good to get the job done.

"We have confidence in what we did as a bowling unit and know we've got such a good batting lineup, I'm sure they'll step it up in the next game."