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'It's about moving on with a positive attitude' - Williamson advises New Zealand
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'It's about moving on with a positive attitude' - Williamson advises New Zealand

Kane Williamson urged New Zealand to take lessons from their crushing 86-run defeat to defending champions Australia and move on with a positive attitude in the next World Cup game.

New Zealand face a possibility of elimination from the first round of the tournament and must emerge triumphant against hosts England in their final group game to ensure a spot in the semi-finals.

Back-to-back losses against Pakistan and Australia have forced New Zealand into a precarious position considering they were unbeaten in the World Cup thus far.

"It's about moving on and going to Durham," said Williamson in the aftermath of Australia's dominating performance over his side.

New Zealand began remarkably well against Australia, reducing them to 92-5 on a tough pitch before a century stand from Usman Khawaja and Alex Carey saved the table-toppers.

Carey's aggressive knock of 71 ultimately lifted Australia's total to 243-9 and he was rewarded with being adjudged player of the match.

A last over hat-trick from Trent Boult provided some relief to New Zealand but the score proved to be far too much for the Black Caps.

They sputtered along their way to a meagre 157 all out as leading wicket-taker of the tournament Mitchell Starc returned figures of 5-26.

“We were one wicket away if you look at the positives in our bowling, it wasn't to be today," said Williamson.

"Rather than digging too deep, you're analysing the past when the challenge coming up can be quite different.

"There are so many variables in this sport and World Cup. It's about moving on to the next game," added the right-handed batsman, who himself has been in splendid form throughout the tournament as he accumulated two majestic tons against South Africa and the West Indies in pressure situations.

'Defeats could dent the momentum'

Williamson began his innings decently after the loss of openers early on but failed to get going as he fell to Starc for 40 in the Lord's clash.

Williamson felt the two defeats could stem New Zealand's charge in the World Cup but the players have very little time to afford even a slight shift in momentum.

"But then at the end of the day, it is coming back to the cricket that we want to play. Playing with those smarts, I think cricket smarts throughout this tournament has been perhaps the most important thing.

"On these surfaces that have varied a bit...you do need to be smart and adapt really quickly on them to give yourselves the best chance of success."

Lockie Ferguson has been New Zealand's pick of the bowlers this tournament and Williamson praised his express right-arm paceman for his "ability to pick up wickets at any stage of the innings."

Martin Guptill's superb catch at gully, off a fast travelling hook shot played by Steve Smith, was perhaps the magic moment of the game and Williamson did not hold back in applauding his opener's astonishing grab following a couple of drops earlier in the match.

"That was an epic catch, wasn't it?" said Williamson. "I guess he had a couple of practises at some toughies and then he took the third one, didn't he, which was good," he said lightheartedly