New Zealand started their 268 chase with an opening stand of 49 in nine overs in the third ODI on Sunday. They were in a good position at 106 for 3 in the 25th over before Kane Williamson was run out and James Neesham and Glenn Phillips outscored the Aussies to slump to 224 for 7 and eventually run out.
“I can assure you it was a pretty disappointed dressing room last night,” Stead said in a Zoom press conference on Monday. “The guys are frustrated and disappointed after having chances in all three matches and not getting over the line. I think it’s easy when you’re losing to look for a while, but we’re trying not to do that. We’re trying to be clear in our processes and what we’re trying to do we do and we try to get better every day. Unfortunately Australia put a lot of pressure on us and we couldn’t get over the line again last night.”
“Trent made his decision around that and we respect that as well,” Stedt said. “He’s been a good bowler and he’s still a good bowler for New Zealand and that’s shown in this series. If Trent is there then we look like a stronger team but we have to make some decisions about how that looks. for us we are also moving forward because we have to continue to develop our depth as well.”
Stead praised Allen’s innings but said New Zealand’s bowling needed some work in the final overs and those pitches were good preparation for them ahead of next year’s ODI World Cup in India.
“I thought last night the pitch was slightly better than the first two we played,” Stead said. “We started really well with the ball, I thought the opening bowling was really good. We did so well in all the series. I guess the areas we can continue to look to improve on will be more than the last end of the innings bowling and we also improved its top [batting] participations as well. Devon [Conway] and Finn started well and put pressure back on Australia, but we kept losing wickets and when we felt we were on top, those wickets kept hurting us and put us in a position that ultimately made it very difficult.
“I thought Finn looked really good. He was disappointed again, he had started, the opening partnership was important for us, given that in all six innings – generally the five before that – teams really struggled to get away. But I thought he looked composed out there, he didn’t feel over the top at all, I guess that’s probably one of the advantages of going to the IPL for a few years as you learn and live alongside some of these players as well It certainly didn’t look out of place.
“The first thing to note is that the pitches we played on weren’t typical Australian pitches either, they were definitely on slower pitches. Playing on those pitches was good exposure for us because you go to a World Cup in India, you play in some very different gates. Having the experience and the need to adapt are things that are important. There are certainly no excuses on the pitch, we have to adapt to what is in front of us.”