Australia captain Steve Smith has slammed his bowlers after Friday’s opening Champions Trophy wash-out draw against New Zealand in Edgbaston.
New Zealand posted 291 from their 46 overs in the rain-affected match, but the Aussie bowlers leaked 114 runs in the first 15 overs.
The Kiwis arguably should have scored more than 300, but the bowlers rallied to restrict them, before the game was washed out with Australia at 3-53 after nine overs.
"We bowled both sides of wicket, we gave them a lot of freebies and it was pretty ordinary," Smith said.
"The last 10-15 overs were pretty good and that's something that I guess we have done pretty well for a very long time.
"But if you start well, you certainly make things a hell of a lot easier on yourselves and today we didn't do that.
"I thought it was probably one of the worst bowling displays that we've put on for a very long time."
"Let's hope it's rust and let's hope it's gone, because that was was pretty ordinary.
"And credit to New Zealand, they came out and played and came quite hard and played quite well up top and got their innings going.
“We did not bowl well at all so that's something we need to look at and improve on for the next game."
Josh Hazlewood was the best of the bowlers with 6-52 from nine overs.
Australia are next in action against Bangladesh in a must-win game at the Oval in London on Monday.