After being completely outdone and outclassed by Virat Kohli’s men, Australia skipper Steve Smith has said that his side deserved to be conquered in the One-Day International (ODI) series against Team India. The disappointed captain said that his side still needs some working as there is room for improvement if his side wants to achieve the desired results from the upcoming series.  

The visitors in the fifth and final ODI at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground were beaten with ease as India completed the chase of a not so reasonable target of 243 runs on the solid, bouncy pitch of Nagpur with 43 balls to spare. The result also made sure their thumping 4-1 series defeat secured Team India’s top spot in the ICC ODI rankings. India’s victory at Nagpur was completed in style thanks to an impressive ton from opener Rohit Sharma, who was declared the man of the match for his 125 run knock that came in just 109 balls.

Smith in the post-match conference revealed that one of their top four was supposed to make a big score and his team needs to get the right balance of the way they want to play. According to him they were outplayed on a ‘300-wicket’ pitch of Nagpur.

“Probably a 300 wicket. One of our top four needed to make a big score. Lost wickets in clumps again. Have a few things to look at to try and improve and gain the consistent performances we’re after. Just need to get the right balance of the way we want to play and get consistent performances. We’ve been outplayed and deserve to lose 1-4,” the Australian skipper was quoted as saying.

“A lot of our players have played a lot of cricket in India, can’t use that as an excuse. Still got to try and keep a positive frame of mind. India are a very good cricket team, they’ve got a very good balance,” Smith added.

When asked about the upcoming T20I series, Smith said that his side would like to go home with a trophy.”We have six or so days until the three-match T20I series. We’d like to go home with a trophy,” the 28-year-old said.

First Published | 1 October 2017 10:45 PM
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