Nielsen happy with Australia's progress
Australia coach Tim Nielsen believed his side were gearing up well for the World Twenty20 after their impressive seven-wicket warm-up win against New Zealand in London at the Oval.cricket Updated: Jun 03, 2009 15:17 IST
Australia coach Tim Nielsen believed his side were gearing up well for the World Twenty20 after their impressive seven-wicket warm-up win against New Zealand in London at the Oval.
Mitchell Johnson took four for 20, after new-ball partner Brett Lee made the initial breakthrough by dismissing Brendon McCullum for a duck, and played a key role in a top-order collapse that saw New Zealand slump to 21 for five before recovering to 147 all out.
And when Australia wobbled at 26 for two in reply, an assured stand of 104 between captain Ricky Ponting (56) and heir apparent Michael Clarke (49 not out) got them back on course for a victory achieved with four balls to spare.
After Monday's win a bullish Nielsen told reporters: "I feel we are building all the time. With Brett batting at No 10 we feel we bat all the way down.
"We showed today we've got seven or eight blokes who are frontline bowlers as well.
"And when we are fielding at our best, we are probably as good as anybody."
This win came hot on the heels of Monday's 38-run success against Bangladesh and left Nielsen in confident mood ahead of their tournament opener with the West Indies at the Oval in London on Saturday.