Australia beat South Africa at Adelaide on Friday to level the three-match ODI series. This was the first time that Australia registered a win at the ground since January 2018. Reflecting on the efforts by his team, all-rounder Marcus Stoinis said that they played with a lot of pride and character right through the difficult period that followed the ball-tampering saga.
‚ÄúThe amount of noise going on, people are drained,‚ÄĚ Stoinis said. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôre cooked right now and we just won. Maybe that is part of it, the mental drain. That is what we have got to work on, that is what we have got to get past. And this is a good step forward. You have got to learn. That is part of the art of playing international cricket is dealing with noise.
‚ÄúThat‚Äôs what we‚Äôve been working at. We work every day trying to hone our skills, and I personally think because there‚Äôs so much noise going on, cricket moves so fast, and you can‚Äôt possibly concentrate as well as you‚Äôd like to with all the noise.
‚ÄúSo that‚Äôs part of the art of playing international cricket is we‚Äôve got to start really internalising all that sort of stuff and focusing on what‚Äôs really important for us.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúI‚Äôm bloody tired, we‚Äôre all bloody tired. All the bowlers are cooked,‚ÄĚ Stoinis said. ‚ÄúIt was a big effort, so really proud of everyone. At the end of the day, all the guys that are in that team fight so hard, want to be there so much, train so hard, think about cricket all day every day.
‚ÄúI know obviously we haven‚Äôt got the results that maybe the media and the Australian public would want. But these guys, we all fight, we all really want to be there, we all really want to win, and so the character of the individuals speaks for itself,‚ÄĚ he concluded.
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