Twitter reactions to Australia collapse in T20I vs WI | Australia collapse vs WI: Australia lose 6/19 to concede first T20I against West Indies
Australia fans rejoiced as the national team took the field for the first time since February. The long wait seemed worth it as Josh Hazlewood led the way in pushing the star-studded West Indies lineup on the backfoot thanks to his superb spell of 3/12.
However, smiles were then turned upside down as Australia collapsed to lose by 18 runs, courtesy of mindless, stupid and ridiculous batting.
Sitting very pretty at 105/4 after 10 overs, and needing just 41 for victory, Australia then batted as if they needed 141. Their last six wickets – probably the same amount of brain cells that went into the batting effort – fell for just 22 runs to throw away a 1-0 series lead.
Credit must be given to the West Indian bowlers and fielders for executing their plans so well, after letting a series slip vs South Africa. However, Australia were the masters of their own downfall. It’s all well and good looking to play big shots in T20s, but there is a time and place for sensible batting, too. Australia needed four an over in the last 10. The only way Windies were going to win was with 10 wickets. Australia obliged.
Of course, when Australia collapse like this, Twitter is going to be all over it. Here are some of the Twitter reactions:
Australia will now have to pick themselves up for the second T20I which will be played 24 hours later. Places in the T20 World Cup squad are up for grabs, so performances must be better than what was on show on Friday evening.