Bichel not concerned by NZ loss

ANDY Bichel is confident Australia can bounce back from its thrilling loss to New Zealand when it takes on Afghanistan at the WACA tomorrow.

But the former Queensland fast bowler, who took 7-20 and made a valuable 34 not out against England at the 2003 World Cup, which Australia won, said he was worried by the fact no one stood up in the one-wicket defeat to the Black Caps at Eden Park.

"In that team (2003) we always had somebody putting their hand up," Bichel told APN.

"We had Andrew Symonds and Michael Bevan. Glenn McGrath with the ball, Brad Hogg played an unassuming role. Everyone did something.

"That was the worrying sign about Saturday. No one really stood up on the big stage. If your team's not batting 50 overs, I think that's a problem."

While he said there was no need to panic, Bichel also said it was important to go into the finals in good form.

"World Cups are about momentum," he said.

"It's a long tournament, so as soon as you don't have the momentum you start looking and chasing teams.

"You start to over-train and do the things that can really distract the harmony within the camp."

Bichel said he expected all-rounder James Faulkner to come back into the side at the expense of Mitch Marsh once the Tasmanian recovered from a side strain. Fast bowler Pat Cummins is expected to miss the game against Afghanistan after picking up a minor injury against New Zealand.

Josh Hazlewood is the likely replacement.



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