India hand Australia first loss of Cricket World Cup campaign

AUSTRALIA could be forced to change up its bowling attack ahead of the next World Cup clash after struggling to take crucial wickets in their 36-run loss to India.

The Aussies were going to have to pull of a miracle to beat the Indians, after the side’s top batsmen set the highest score against Australia in the tournament’s history with 5-352 at The Oval on Sunday.

However, Australia kept losing wickets at all the wrong times and just couldn’t gather enough momentum to pull off a record breaking win, finishing all out for 316 on the last ball of the innings.


The pressure is now firmly with the Australian bowlers heading into Wednesday’s clash with Pakistan.

“You look at all scenarios, all team make-ups, especially for the opposition,” captain Aaron Finch said.

“And being a World Cup and you’re playing a different side every game, you have to keep reassessing the best combination for each game.

“I think that going into Pakistan we’ll have a look at it again, no doubt, which we have been every game.

“It’s hard to comment on it (bowling options for Pakistan) until you see the wicket,” Finch said.

Left-armer Jason Behrendorff and Kane Richardson are the other pace options, while Nathan Lyon is a back-up spinner.

Australia lost Jhye Richardson to a dislocated shoulder before the tournament, while Josh Hazlewood was controversially overlooked.

Nathan Coulter-Nile and all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis look most likely to be on the chopping block after taking just five wickets between them for 372 runs.