Captain Smith lashes ‘panicking’ batsmen

 22 Sep 2017 - 23:41

Captain Smith lashes ‘panicking’ batsmen
Australia's captain Steven Smith adjusts the field. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

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Melbourne:  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.

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.