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Bevan not frustrated by lack of opportunities

Australia batsman Michael Bevan says he is not frustrated despite a lack of opportunities so far at the World Cup.

india Updated: Feb 22, 2003 17:05 IST

Australia batsman Michael Bevan says he is not frustrated despite a lack of opportunities so far at the World Cup.

Bevan, who was recovering from a groin injury at the start of tournament, has played in the last two matches against India and the Netherlands, but has still yet to bat as Australia have lost just three wickets.

Despite his situation the left-hander, an almost permanent fixture in the side's number six position for the past decade, remains philosophical and clearly motivated to do well.

After staying behind to have extra fielding practice for a second successive day following team training he told reporters he preferred to see things from a team perspective.

"The World Cup is yet to start for me really, I'm still waiting," said Bevan on Saturday. "Batting at six when the team is doing well you have just got to accept your role and make sure when you get that chance you are ready to go.

"If I am not getting a chance it means the team is playing well and that has to be a good thing.

"Hopefully, my World Cup won't start for a little while either because that would mean we keep winning.

"I would like to hope we would win all the matches in our round so we get the best possible position in the Super Sixes.

"I know realistically I will be called on at some stage, but as to when that is I am not too sure at this stage," he added.

Bevan's last innings was against England in Melbourne on 25 January and it almost cost him his World Cup place.


Taking a quick single, he crumpled to the ground in agony with a torn groin muscle and left the field on a stretcher.

"My lack of opportunity hasn't got to the stage of frustration yet because I am just ecstatic to make the tour," Bevan said.

"When I did the injury it was up in the air for me all that night, it didn't feel too good and I wasn't too hopeful.

"The moment of truth came the next morning when I woke up and took my first couple of steps. I thought that if there was a heap of aggravation it wouldn't be looking too flash.

"Thankfully, it had loosened up a bit during the night and I was a little bit more hopeful."

Ironically, the injury may well have helped Bevan's state of mind because it has meant he has not had had his fill of practice.

"For the first two weeks of the trip it was just a case of recovering from my groin injury and that meant I had to put a lot of time and energy into getting that better.

"I had to make sure I was ready to go even before I hit the nets so it has only been in the last week or two that I have concentrated on net play."

The injury has also sharpened his focus as in his absence Andrew Symonds laid claim to a spot in the middle order with a blazing 143 not out against Pakistan.

With Bevan fit again and no new injury problems, it means a real selection headache for Australia, but the player does not feel under undue pressure.

"The good thing about playing in a good side is that there is always that level of expectation, always players performing," he said.

"From my point of view it has meant continually reassessing myself as a player and trying to improve and when I get the chance going out and producing what I am capable of."

The Australia squad travelled from Potchefstroom to Johannesburg after a morning practice on Saturday, before their flight to Bulawayo on Sunday for the Group A match against Zimbabwe the following day.

"Zimbabwe are a team to really watch out for," said Bevan. "They have got a couple of really good players and on their day they can perform really well.

"What it boils down to is focusing on what we will be doing and if we play well we should win."

First Published: Feb 22, 2003 17:05 IST