Glenn Maxwell captured the spirit of Australian cricket fans, as he shared his disappointment after the reigning champions’ T20 World Cup ended on Saturday.
‘B****r,’ the 34-year-old tweeted after England beat Sri Lanka in a thriller at the SCG to clinch second spot in Group 1 and qualify for the semi-finals along with New Zealand.
Australia finished level on points with both teams, but saw their title defence come to and end because of an inferior net run rate (NRR).
Glenn Maxwell was left disappointed as Australia’s T20 World Cup ended on Saturday
Victorious in Dubai 12 months ago, the Aussies’ campaign was derailed by an 89-run loss against New Zealand in their opening game, which left playing catch up from a NRR standpoint.
Following a seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka, Australia let the chance to boost their NRR slip through their fingers with an unconvincing wins against Ireland and Afghanistan.
A thrashing appeared on the cards as Ireland were in disarray at 5-25, only for Lorcan Tucker to his a splendid 71 not out as his team ultimately finished 42 runs short of Australia’s total.
In their final group game on Friday, meanwhile, the defending champions were pushed to the wire by Afghanistan and won by just four runs.
The all-rounder tweeted his disappointment after England qualified at Australia’s expenses
England are through to the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup after beating Sri Lanka
While Australia’s tournament and the defence of the title they won last year is over
That meant NRR was no longer a factor going into England’s game on Saturday and Australia were left cheering on Sri Lanka but ultimately to no avail.
Meanwhile, Aussie cricket fans have taken to Twitter to question the team’s selection policies and the decision to fire Justin Langer.
Langer guided Australia to T20 World Cup glory a year ago, just months after overseeing a 4-0 thumping of England in the Ashes.
Justin Langer and Cricket Australia parted ways in acrimonious circumstances earlier this year
However, he departed in acrimonious circumstances shortly afterward and was eventually replaced by Andrew McDonald.
And some supporters blasted the decision to part ways with Langer.
‘Players developed arrogant egos after winning T20 World Cup and Ashes, sacked Justin Langer for no reason, hired Ronald McDonald the clown as a yes-man, and have lost everything since,’ one wrote on Twitter.
Some fans criticised Cricket Australia’s decision to fire Justin Langer earlier this year
Langer guided Australia to T20 World Cup glory in Dubai last year, just months after Australia retained the Ashes by thrashing England 4-0
Another also remarked Langer’s absence was being felt: ‘It’s almost like that JL [Justin Langer] bloke was a good coach.’
Others, meanwhile, called for a drastic overhaul of the squad and urged Cricket Australia to stop ‘picking their favourite sons’ and field their best team instead.
‘Move on Finch, Warner, Smith, Wade, Cummins, Starc, Hazlewood, K. Richardson,’ one wrote.
‘Persist with Maxwell, Stoinis, David, Zampa, Agar. Not sure about Marsh.’
Fans called for a drastic overhaul of Australia’s T20 team following their World Cup exit
With some noting Cricket Australia’s selection policy clearly wasn’t working
The sentiment was echoed across social media, with some fans criticising the selectors for picking players ‘who are just mates’, a strategy which had not delivered results.
Others, meanwhile, noted the architects of Australia’s dismal exit should be held accountable.
‘Is there going to be any real change and accountability from this? Pat Cummins should be nowhere near the limited overs teams, but you continue to select him,’ one fan tweeted.
The feelings were echoed across social media, as fans called for a change in policy
The selection of Pat Cummins continues to be source of debate, with fans suggesting that Australia’s Test and ODI captain should not be playing T20 cricket
Australia’s team selections have long been subject of the debate at this T20 World Cup and before.
Captain Aaron Finch survived calls to be dropped in the lead up to the tournament, while Steve Smith lost his job to Tim David and only came in for the game against Afghanistan.
Former Test captain Ricky Ponting and ex-national selector Mark Waugh, meanwhile, both called for Pat Cummins to lose his place. When Australia did drop a fast bowler, however, they opted to leave out Mitchell Starc on Friday, while Cummins retained his spot.
The left-arm quick was Australia’s co-leader in terms of wickets at this year’s tournament with three going into Friday night and his 27 wickets in T20 World Cups are the most of any Australian bowler in the history of the tournament.
Mitchell Starc was surprisingly dropped by Australia for the game against Afghanistan
Pat Cummins (right) retained his spot and took a smart catch to remove Usman Ghani in the third over and finished with his tournament-best figures of 0-22 in four overs
Former Australia captain Michael Clarke was one of several cricketing greats puzzled by the decision.
‘Strange one. He [Starc] has got to be injured,’ Clarke, who captained Australia when they won the 2015 Cricket World Cup, said on commentary while discussing Starc’s absence.
‘There’s absolutely no way you can leave him out of tonight’s game. If anyone’s going to rip through Afghanistan’s batting it’s Mitchell Starc.
‘Left-arm, if it swings with the new ball and then we’ve seen his yorkers at the death. I don’t get it.’