Smith laments wasted opportunities in India defeat

Aussie skipper Steve Smith dropped a crucial catch in the defeat to India.
Aussie skipper Steve Smith dropped a crucial catch in the defeat to India. Rajanish Kakade

AUSTRALIAN skipper Steve Smith says he must raise his own standards after grassing a crucial catch in the one-day series defeat in Indore to India.

India chased down Australia's below-par total of 293 with more than two overs to and five wickets in hand to take the five-match series 3-0.

Smith, who also put down two chances in the series opener in Chennai, dropped man-of-the-match Hardik Pandya on 42 just as Australia eyed a glimmer of hope during India's run chase.

"If I get my hands to the ball I expect to catch them,” the captain said.

"At the moment my catching hasn't been good enough.

"I've been working hard, I just might need to work a little bit harder.”

If Smith had held on, India would have been 5-216 with two fresh batsmen at the crease.

But Pandya got away with putting an Ashton Agar delivery high into the air behind Smith at cover.

"It was swirling a little bit,” Smith said.

"There was a fair bit of spin on the ball but I expect myself to take those chances.”

While his fielding has been below par, Smith has notched back-to-back half-centuries in a struggling batting line-up.

His knock of 63 in Indore was primarily a support role for Aaron Finch who smashed 124 in his return from a calf injury.

But once again when in a strong position, the tourists wasted an opportunity to put the home team under pressure.

The Aussies were 1-224 with more than 12 overs remaining but once Finch and Smith got out they could not take advantage of the platform set and ultimately finished around 40-50 runs short of setting the home side a more difficult target to chase.

"It's been a bit of a trend for this format and the Test format as well,” Smith said.

"We're quite often getting ourselves into good positions and we're not taking advantage of those and today was no different.

"We continually address it and it's just hard to put the finger on exactly what it is we're doing or not doing to get the results we're after.

"It's a different format but I'd certainly like to start winning some games of cricket in every format, to be honest.

"Our results haven't been good enough and we need to turn them around.”

The next game in the five-match ODI series is in Bengaluru on Thursday, with game five in Nagpur on Sunday.

Three T20 internationals follow starting on October 7 in Ranchi.

Topics:  australia cricket team hardik pandya india cricket team one-day internationals steve smith

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