Monday, 23 October 2017

We are having too many collapses, says Steve Smith

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KOLKATA: Australia captain Steve Smith is unable to figure out why his batting line-up is falling apart in crunch situations across formats, admitting that it is happening way too often to his liking.

Chasing a modest target of 253, Australia lost their last eight wickets for 112 runs with seven of their batsmen failing to get to double digits to be bundled out for 202 in 43.1 overs.

“Well, it’s happening a bit too often for my liking to be honest with you — in all forms of cricket. We have had a lot of collapses and we need to stop it,” a dejected Smith said at the post-match press conference.

However, he did not explain whether it has got do with poor technique while facing wrist spinners or the temperament — a must for playing top-flight cricket.

“It’s a hard to put my finger on but whatever it is. It needs to change and we need to make better decision when we are under pressure and start playing properly. It’s not good enough,” the skipper said.

Smith said they must try to execute their plans in their bid to hopes alive during the five-match series.

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