India vs Australia: Steve Smith says visitors were 'outplayed and deserved to lose' after 1-4 series rout

Australia captain Steve Smith on Sunday conceded that his team deserved to be defeated 1-4 in the ODI series against India and will need to get consistent performances from the next series onwards.

IANS, October 02, 2017

Nagpur: Australia captain Steve Smith on Sunday conceded that his team deserved to be defeated 1-4 in the One-Day International (ODI) series against India and will need to get consistent performances from the next series onwards.

Australia's captain Steve Smith (C) reacts as Indian players celebrate the fall of Travis Head's wicket during the 2nd ODI in Kolkata. AFP

Australia's captain Steve Smith (C) reacts as Indian players celebrate the fall of Travis Head's wicket during the 2nd ODI in Kolkata. AFP

In the fifth and final ODI at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Ground in Nagpur, India chased down the target of 243 runs with 43 balls to spare to clinch the series 4-1 and return to the top spot in the ODI rankings.

The hosts were boosted by a century from opener Rohit Sharma who helped the visitors register a comprehensive victory.

However, Smith said he believed that his side fell 50-60 runs short and should have scored 300 runs or more on the Nagpur wicket.

"Probably a 300 wicket. One of our top four needed to make a big score. Lost wickets in clumps again. Have a few things to look at to try and improve and gain the consistent performances we are after. Just need to get the right balance of the way we want to play and get consistent performances. We've been outplayed and deserve to lose 1-4," the 28-year-old said.

"A lot of our players have played a lot of cricket in India, can't use that as an excuse. Still got to try and keep a positive frame of mind. India are a very good cricket team, they've got a very good balance," Smith added.

"We have six or so days until the three-match T20I series. We'd like to go home with a trophy."

Updated Date: Oct 02, 2017





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114