Smith lashes ‘panicking’ batsmen after another collapse

MELBOURNE, (Reuters) – Australia captain Steve Smith has accused his batsmen of “panicking” under pressure and demanded they show more starch after another collapse against India saw the side thrashed by 50 runs in the second one-day international in Kolkata.

India set Australia 252 to chase at Eden Gardens and defended it with ease on Thursday as the tourists lost openers David Warner and Hilton Cartwright for one run apiece and crumbled with a hat-trick to left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

The world champions trail the hosts 2-0 in the five-match series and have now notched up their 10th ODI loss in succession on foreign pitches.

Steve Smith,

Clearly fed up, Smith, who scored 59, said his batsmen were making “silly errors” and had to change their approach

“It’s happening a bit too often for my liking, to be honest with you, in all forms of cricket,” Smith told reporters. “We’ve had a lot of collapses and we need to stop.“The guys have trained really well and it’s now about getting out in the middle and executing your skills when you’re under pressure and not panicking.

“I think we panicked last game a little bit and in this game, we just couldn’t get the partnerships. We’re making silly errors when we’re under pressure.”

Australia’s last five batsmen managed a total of 10 runs between them in Kolkata, while the top order rarely looked comfortable playing the spin of Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal.

“It’s easy to just sit here and say ‘it needs to stop’, but when you get out in the middle you have to change what you’re doing because it’s not working,” added Smith, whose 100th ODI was spoilt by the result.

“Watching the ball closer or maybe the guys are trying to watch it too closely and forgetting about just playing the game.

“It’s a hard one to put my finger on. But whatever it is, it needs to change and we need to make better decisions when we’re under pressure and start playing the game properly.”

Marcus Stoinis was unbeaten on 62 from 65 balls in a rare bright spot for the tourists and Smith said he had given his team mates the blueprint for how to handle the conditions and the Indian bowlers.

“He didn’t panic, he was calm and he played good cricketshots,” Smith said. “He was nice and positive with his intent. “We just needed someone else in the top four to go on and make a score.”

Comments  

Guyana defeat Leeward Islands by 10 wickets

Guyana win three gold and one silver at Caribbean Boxing Championships (Full story tomorrow) Winning run: Tagenarine Chanderpaul hits the winning runs as Guyana win by 10 wickets (Orlando Charles photo) Final wicket: Jeremiah Louis caught by Bramble (Orlando Charles photo)

GFF 2016 financial statements approved by general council

Guyana Football Federation (GFF) 2016 audited financial statements, was officially approved by the general council yesterday following a 17-0, at its Extraordinary Congress at the National Racquet Centre, Woolford Avenue.

Scott breaks two national swim records at ASATT 2017 Invitational

The Amateur Swimming Association of Trinidad and Tobago (ASATT) 2017 Invitational Long Course Championships continued on Friday and yesterday morning at the Aquatic Centre in Couva, Trinidad, with several good performances by swimmers from the Dorado Swim Club and Swim Academy Sea Otters of Guyana.

Ramdin hundred not enough to halt Pride progress

TAROUBA, Trinidad,  CMC – Captain Denesh Ramdin stroked his third hundred of the Regional first class season and second against Barbados Pride but it was not enough to stop the visitors from taking command of their seventh round contest at the Brian Lara Stadium.

Smith, Marsh leave England’s Ashes hopes in jeopardy

PERTH, (Reuters) – An epic and unbeaten 301-run stand by Australia captain Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh left England’s hopes of retaining the Ashes in jeopardy on day three of the third test at the WACA on Saturday.

Your browser is out-of-date!

Update your browser to view this website correctly.

We built stabroeknews.com using new technology. This makes our website faster, more feature rich and easier to use for 95% of our readers.
Unfortunately, your browser does not support some of these technologies. Click the button below and choose a modern browser to receive our intended user experience.

Update my browser now

×