Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Formidable Australia were eliminated out of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2024 after getting defeated by Afghanistan and India in the Super 8 stage. Eventually, they were left at the mercy of Bangladesh’s victory against Afghanistan. However, Afghanistan also sealed a thrilling victory against Bangla Tigers dashing the hopes of the Australians.

In response, the Australian media found it hard to digest. The chatter in the media back home revolved around three things - life after David Warner, who played his last match in Australian colours, Afghanistan’s alleged ‘unfair’ measures taken during the match against Bangladesh and ICC’s scheduling to favour India.

“How mind-bending schedule stitched up Aussies, pampered India,” was the headline of an article published in the Herald Sun that talked about how Australia played back-to-back day-night and day games in the Super Eight stage while all of India’s matches in the tournament were day games to suit their viewers.

The Syndey Morning Herald’s headline in the cricket section read: “Drama and farce reign, but Australia didn’t deserve a World Cup semi-final.”

It discussed the gaps in Australia’s T20I side but also criticised Gulbadin Naib’s ‘fake’ injury act, which was used as a delay tactic during the Afghanistan vs Bangladesh match.

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