Smith annnoyed by below-par fielding


Australia captain Steve Smith was left distinctly unimpressed by his side's efforts in the field against the West Indies in the tri-series, with the hosts winning by four wickets in the St Kitts ODI thanks to some Aussie blunders.

The Windies needed to chase 266 to win, and while Smith was unhappy with that total given his lads were 171 for one at a stage, he felt the bowling and fielding let them down against a defendable score.

Smith said of their overall performance: "I think we were probably 15 to 20 short with the bat. We got ourselves into a pretty good position at about the 30-over mark, I think we were around 1 for 157.

"We weren't able to accelerate as well as we would have liked in the 30 to 40 overs, and then from the 40- to 50-over mark.

"In the field I think we started really poorly with the ball. They came out playing their shots, and credit to them. But I thought we were a fair way off our lines and lengths.

"Our fielding was pretty average in that first 10 overs. When you're chasing 265 and you're 1 for 70 after 10 overs, you're well on your way. We started pretty poorly with the ball.

"I think it was just a pretty sloppy display altogether in the field. I thought we didn't bowl the right areas. We let them off a bit easy in that respect. We were sloppy with most of the things we did in the field as well.

"We've been doing all the work. We're doing our best, but this isn't the standard that the Australian cricket team sets, so we've got a lot more work to do to try to improve it.

"We set ourselves high standards in the field, and we want to be the best fielding team in the world. We've got a lot of work to do to get to that mark."

The Aussies are done in St Kitts, and after South Africa and the West Indies play one more game at Warner Park on Wednesday, the tournament moves to Barbados for the last leg.