Michel Clarke, the Australian cricket captain, felt relieved after their largest ever World Cup victory with a margin of 275 runs against Afghanistan, and in his opinion the team was back on the winning track.
A washout against Bangladesh and a one-wicket loss in the match against New Zealand had put tremendous pressure on Australia as it seemed to be way out of the competition. However, it has bounced back in style after its thumping and record breaking victory over Afghanistan on the Sydney Cricket Ground.
David Warner was the star performer with the bat, and scored 178 runs prior to the Glenn Maxwell’s fireworks that pushed the total to a mammoth 417, the highest total in a World Cup match history, and the second highest by Australia in an one-day international. Mitchell Johnson was the pick of the bowler who with his blistering pace tormented the Afghanistan side by taking 4 for 22 runs. In the post match press conference, Clarke was all praise for the boys, and told that he was impressed with the way his team had bounced back. He was especially appreciative of the players batting efforts that led the side to score 400+ runs. He added that the recovery in batting after the debacle in match against New Zealand was amazing. Warner, he added, led with the bat, and Smith ad Maxwell propelled the score to past 400. He further added that the side needed to bat, bowl, and field the way they did against Afghanistan.
Warner looked set to become only the second batsmen after Chris Gayle to score a double hundred in a one-day game fell short by 22 runs when he holed out in the 38th over. However, Warner was not disappointed, he said. He added that he wanted to score runs for his side, and was satisfied with his contribution.