Aussie Crick­eters La­bor to Win

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SYD­NEY (Dis­patches) - Aus­tralia’s crick­eters ad­mit they are drained from a huge ef­fort to halt a de­mor­al­iz­ing los­ing streak while deal­ing with in­tense scru­tiny over their poor form and the ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal.

They fi­nally snapped their seven-game run of lim­ited overs defeats thanks to a gutsy ef­fort from their bowlers in the sec­ond one-dayer against South Africa in Ade­laide on Fri­day. Set 232 to win, the Proteas could only man­age 224-9 in their 50 overs, leav­ing the se­ries tied at 1-1 with the de­cider in Ho­bart on Sun­day.

“We’re all bloody tired. All the bowlers are cooked,” said Mar­cus Stoi­nis, whose three wick­ets and run out of Ai­den Markram were cru­cial to the team win­ning af­ter an­other medi­ocre per­for­mance with the bat.

“It was a big ef­fort, so re­ally proud of ev­ery­one.”

Be­fore the game, Skip­per Aaron Finch con­ceded the scru­tiny of Aus­tralian cricket dur­ing re­cent months, in­clud­ing dis­ar­ray within the sport’s gov­ern­ing body, where a slew of ex­ec­u­tives have been forced out, was taking a toll. He urged the play­ers to keep their fo­cus on the field and was proud of the way they pulled through.

“The way we de­fended was out­stand­ing, The bowlers were re­lent­less. Not sure if it’s re­lief, but jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for some hard work,” said Finch, who won man-of-the-match af­ter be­ing widely praised for the way he ro­tated his bowlers and placed the field. Stoi­nis ad­mit­ted “it’s been a tough six months or so” and pointed to the team’s char­ac­ter as help­ing them deal with the hard times.

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