Smith: Series defeat due to ‘poor decision making’

Australia captain Steve Smith said poor decisions under pressure was the main contributing factor as they went down four-one to India in the five-match ODI series after a comprehensive defeat on Sunday in Nagpur.

The hosts, chasing a target of 243, thrashed the Aussies by seven wickets with more than seven overs to spare thanks to a blistering century from Rohit Sharma, who struck 125 from just 109 balls.

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Australia have now lost 12 out of 15 ODI games away from home and Smith said it was simply not good enough.

The skipper said after the game: “We’re just not taking our words out in the middle and doing it with actions. We have glimpses of it and we play well in periods and then we just get ourselves in trouble.

“Probably from poor decision making under pressure, that’s what I probably put it down to.

“That’s something that we need to improve on because it’s not good enough.”

Smith’s own form with the bat was also not up to his usual standards as the captain failed to convert many promising starts across the five matches.

The 28-year-old, like many of his teammates, failed to score a ton – hitting 142 runs with two half-centuries across the five games.

Smith continued: “I wasn’t feeling great at the start of the series to be honest. I wasn’t holding the bat the way I would have liked to.

“As the leader of the team it’s been disappointing but I guess sometimes that’s cricket. You have those periods where you’re not getting the scores you like.

“It’s something hopefully I can turn around and hopefully contribute in the T20s.”

Australia and India will now contest a three-match T20I series that starts in Ranchi on Saturday.