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Steven Smith not reading too much into Ireland result

Steven Smith not reading too much into Ireland result
Steven Smith, is not reading too much into his Australia's win against Ireland in the rain-marred One-Day International in Belfast.
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Australian captain Steven Smith is not reading too much into his team's win against Ireland in the rain-marred One-Day International in Belfast.

Australia started well with the bat with Joe Burns and David Warner putting on a 139-run opening stand, but the team quickly slumped to 190 for five by the 36th over.

Smith feels that though the constant rain interruptions were frustrating for the players, they had a good workout ahead of the ODI series against England.

Crediting Warner and Burns for their efforts with the bat, Smith nevertheless expressed his concerns about the middle order collapse.

“It was a good workout for us,” said Smith.

“It was a pretty frustrating day, going on and off, but I think all the boys got what they needed out of it.

“I think Davey Warner and Joe Burns, on debut, played really nicely.

“They’re positive signs for us.

“The middle order again, we lost a few wickets in clumps, which is disappointing.

“But it’s our first game back in white-ball cricket, so I’m not really reading too much into it.

“I thought with the ball we were pretty good.” 

Smith also praised the bowlers for pulling off a good victory, as he specified that it was not easy to get into a rhythm with so many rain interruptions.

Opining that the conditions did not allow the players to settle down into their strides, Smith lauded them for playing with the right attitude.

“It was tough to get in a rhythm, whether being a batter or a bowler.

“That comes down to attitude.

“The boys had the attitude today.”

With the bat, Ireland lost two quick wickets, but Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien put on an 86-run stand for the third wicket, briefly taking an advantage in the game.

However, as the pressure mounted towards the end, both Joyce and O’Brien were dismissed by Glenn Maxwell, putting Australia back on top.

During the partnership between the two left-handers, Smith felt that Australia just needed to get one wicket in order to trigger a collapse.

“I thought Ed Joyce and Niall O’Brien got a little partnership together there.

“We always thought we were one wicket away from cracking it open and it turned out to be that way.”
Debutant Burns had a good game with the bat, scoring 69 runs from 70 balls, hitting seven fours and a six as he settled down nicely at the top with Warner.

Burns made his Test debut in the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, when he scored two fifties in the fourth game at Sydney.

Recently, Australian selector Rod Marsh stated that players who perform well in the One-Day Internationals will automatically put their hands up for Test selection. 

Admiring Burns for doing well in the partnership with Warner, Smith hoped that the 25-year-old will grab the opportunity to push for Test selection with both the hands.

“Joe has had a taste of Test cricket (against India) and he played quite well in those Test matches that he played.

“I thought he played really nicely today. He complemented Warner. They both played really well.

“Rod (Marsh) has said before if you’re scoring runs in one-day cricket you can certainly put your name up for Test cricket and hopefully he can take the opportunity of opening in this series with both hands.” 

Australia now move on to Cardiff, where they play England in the lone Twenty20 International on 31st August, before the commencement of the five-match ODI series.

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