Steve Smith has once again blamed the batsmen for the loss in the ODI series. Australia lost the final ODI as well at Nagar.
“We showed some glimpses throughout the series that we could play, but we’ve been losing wickets in clumps very consistently and that’s not good enough,” Indian Express quoted Smith as saying in a Cricbuzz report.
“The top four need to stand up and really take control. We did that in a couple of games, last game in Bangalore to be particular. But we are not doing it consistently enough. We are not giving ourselves the chance to really go hard at the back end of the game and getting partnerships in the middle, something we need to look at,” he added.
Australia managed only 242/9 batting first at Nagpur. “I don’t think we had enough runs. We needed to take wickets and obviously was trying with different people to try and get a breakthrough and put some pressure. I thought Rohit played very well and timed his innings to perfection.
“It was disappointing. The new ball is probably the best time to bat and the wicket slowed up. and I felt the ball got pretty old pretty quickly. Our plan was to try and hopefully get a few early wickets to try and contain the runs as much as possible with the spinners going to get a bit of help with the ball going softer and reversing and probably spinning a bit more too. But, yeah, we weren’t good enough and were outplayed by India,” he added in the Indian Express report.
--By A Cricket Correspondent