We want to win every series we play - Steven Smith
Australian captain, Steven Smith, asserted that his team will look to win the series when they take on England at the Old Trafford on Sunday, for the fifth and final One-Day International of the ongoing campaign.
Despite winning the first two ODIs at The Rose Bowl and Lord’s, Australia have succumbed to defeats at Old Trafford and Headingley in the third and fourth games respectively.
Even after coming back from being three down for 30 runs to post a target of 300, Australia were unable to defend the total.
Speaking about Australia’s three wicket loss at Headingley on Friday, Smith praised the middle order for pulling the team out of a hole.
“Yeah very disappointing (not to defend 300),” smith told Sky Sports.
“Three for 30 we were this morning, it was always tough to come back from that.
“I thought our middle order played really well today.
“Bailey and Maxwell, I thought (had) a magnificent partnership.
“It would have been nice for one of those guys to get a hundred.
“No one has got a hundred for us yet in this one-day series.
“To get around 300 was probably around par.”
When Australia came out to defend the total, pace-bowlers James Pattinson and John Hastings were cantered all around the park, both of them conceding over eight runs an over and going wicketless.
Speaking at the post-match presentation, Smith admitted that Australia’s bowling performance was not up to the mark.
“We did not get the ball in the right areas enough.
“The first and last ball of lot of overs went for four.
“That really cost us.”
After Australia opted to bat first on a wicket that looked like a batting track, they lost three quick wickets, raising doubts if Smith made a wrong choice at the toss.
However, after the initial phase, batting became easier as was evident from the 137-run stand between Glenn Maxwell and George Bailey.
Smith opined that his team was unable to see through the initial phase and have wickets in hand towards the end, as they did at Lord’s.
“It (the ball) did a little bit this morning.
“It was pretty similar to Lord’s to be honest.
“We were able to get through that (initial phase), and we were able to have wickets in the shed and post a bit total there (at Lord’s).
“So, it just did not work out well for us at the start (today).
“We have to be a bit more watchful at the beginning and make sure we got the wickets in the shed to have that onslaught at the back end.”
Urging the Australian batsmen to play the spinners better, Smith is looking forward to seal the series with a victory in the final game on Sunday at the Old Trafford.
“Both teams are going to turn out to play and we are certainly going to be up for the challenge.
“Whatever we do first there, bat or bowl, we have to do it well.
“I guess we have to play the spinners a bit better than we have played them so far.”
The 26-year-old further stressed on the importance of to move on from the defeats in order to put their best foot forward in the series-decider on Sunday.
“It is a part and parcel of playing international cricket and it’s a final for us and we want to win every series we play.
“The boys have to keep themselves up from this defeat and the one before and make sure we are out there, ready to go.”
Australia will look to repeat their performance of the 2013 NatWest series against England, when they take the field for the one last time in this tour on Sunday for the fifth ODI.
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