Australia coach Darren Lehmann wants one-day international matches to continue as long as conditions are safe, even if not ideal, after back-to-back washouts left his team’s Champions Trophy campaign in complete disarray.
The 50-over world champions are particularly upset after their second Group A match against Bangladesh was washed out on Monday just four overs short of what could have been a comfortable victory after having to split points with New Zealand in their tournament opener.
Fear of rain looms large over Saturday’s do-or-die match against Ashes rivals England as well and Lehmann said administrators need to think more about the fans who expect a result.
“I think we’ve just got to be more liberal to play some cricket. The fans want to see a result,” Lehmann said.
Leg-spinner Adam Zampa has said Australia were looking at the match against England as a quarter-final contest and Lehmann suggested big-hitting batsman Chris Lynn could feature in the playing XI, possibly at the expense of all-rounder Moises Henriques.