We Were Outplayed - Graeme Smith
South African captain Graeme Smith admitted that his side was beaten in all departments by Australia as they slumped to a 141-run loss in the opening One Day International in Durban.
"We were outplayed in all departments,” Smith said. “But this defeat does not turn us into a bad side and I am confident that we will be able to bounce back on Sunday.”
Smith made his return from a broken finger, scoring 52 to top score before South Africa's innings fell away alarmingly, as from 91 for one, they were bowled out for 145.
Jacques Kallis' absence through injury meant their batting order was reshuffled, with Hashim Amla opening and Herschelle Gibbs at number three but Smith was adamant that his side should have been able to cover for the absence of their key all-rounder.
“There are other good players in the side and they must do the job," he said.
Smith went on to bemoan his side conceding too many runs, in his view, in the final ten overs, which allowed Australia tp post a winning score of 286 for seven from their 50 overs.
The second of five matches takes place on Sunday (5th April) at Centurion.
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