We are having too many collapses to my liking: Smith

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 23 Sep 2017 10:43:19


KOLKATA,

Sept 22,

(PTI),

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.“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.

“The guys have trained and trained really well. It’s now about getting in the middle and executing those when you are under pressure. This game we just couldn’t get the partnerships, we are just making silly errors. You are not allowed to do so against a quality line-up like India.”

The skipper’s irritation was palpable when he said that talking won’t help and they needed to go out there in the middle executing their plans.Cummins out of T20s , to head home for Ashes preparation AUSTRALIAN pacer Pat Cummins will skip the three-match Twenty20 series against India next month as he will head back home after the ongoing ODIs to prepare for the Ashes later this year. Cummins will fly back to Australia after the fifth and final ODI of the series on October 1 in Nagpur.