The Australians took a four-run victory over Afghanistan on Friday and, having failed to increase their net run rate, the host team’s chances of progressing beyond the Super 12 round are now over Sri Lanka that England. beats on Saturday.
Kane Richardson was preferred to Starc in the lineup and the move didn’t pay off as the 31-year-old was hit around the Adelaide Oval as the Afghans were chasing the win.
“That was a tactical decision,” Vettori said of Richardson’s selection. “It was more about the effectiveness of (Josh) Hazlewood and (Pat) Cummins at the top, and their ability to grab the new ball and be wicket takers.
“That’s why Starcy got a different role and came into contact with Kane Richardson and in the hierarchy it was thought that Kane was exceptional at death, and so to use him there instead of Mitch.”
Richardson gave up 48 runs to his four overs and only took the wicket from opener Rahmanullah Gurbaz with his third throw as a testament to his efforts as Australia worked for the win.
“In his first over, he was unbelievably unlucky,” Vettori said of Richardson’s performance.
“He could have had two wickets and then suddenly the whole game turned, and that first break (Gurbaz’s wicket) was a big wicket for us because he played so well and had been so aggressive.
“So we’re thinking about that, and I think Richo himself would say he probably missed by the back of two overs.
“But other than that, most of his spell was what we expected.”