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Today’s loss was a wake-up call: Chris Martin

Aces pacer says their batting line-up needs to step up

The Auckland Aces’ good run since landing in the Rainbow Nation was halted by the Titans at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead here. The team from New Zealand who come into this match with three wins under their belt (two in the Qualifiers and one in the main tournament) were comprehensively beaten by South Africa’s domestic T20 champions by 59 runs. Chasing a competitive target, the Aces batting line-up capitulated against the Titans bowling led by Alfonso Thomas and Ethy Mbhalati.

After the game Aces pacer, Chris Martin reflected on the loss while speaking to clt20.com.

Excerpts from the brief interview:

The loss today a little harsh but a reminder to put things in perspective

Yes, the performance was not really what we were after. We have enough positives from the previous three games, but it was a wake-up call really. It does help sometimes to get bit of a jolt here and there. As long as the guys brush it off quickly and we get on with the next game and train hard it will be okay.

Do the Aces rely a little too much on Azhar Mahmood?

As a batting line-up we are all probably culpable of playing a few silly shots along the way before we are quite ready to go. Azhar can’t take the brunt of getting us through the whole time. Few of us will have to stand up and deliver in the next game.

So would you say it was more of bad shot selection or bad bowling?

I think they got the score they deserved. And we were obviously in a hurry today and on reflection maybe a few of the boys could have given themselves more time to get in and played less risky shots at that stage of the game.

Did the change of venue and not having time to get used to it, have some effect on the outcome?

I don’t think so. This is a very good pitch. The Titans played very well on it. There was a little bit of bounce but I still think that majority of the guys disappointed with the bat.

What kind of changes will the Aces be making for the next game against the Delhi Daredevils who have a lot of power hitters in their side?

I don’t think there is anything that we are going to change. We will just see how the next few days go, and look forward to playing Delhi.

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