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Ind vs Aus: Steve Smith Accused of Picking Mates in the Australian Team

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: September 28, 2017, 8:48 AM IST
Ind vs Aus: Steve Smith Accused of Picking Mates in the Australian Team

Steve Smith plays a shot during the third ODI between India and Australia in Indore. (AP Images)

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New Delhi: As if the bashing at the hands of Virat Kohli and boys in the ongoing ODI series wasn’t enough, Australia skipper Steve Smith has now been accused of picking his mates in the team and former pacer Rodney Hogg feels that the Aussies need a serious selection shake-up to get out of the rut which sees them sitting with six consecutive losses in ODIs, 11 on trot overseas.

Speaking to news.com.au, Hogg said: “They’re picking their mates. Smith shouldn’t be a selector. (Ashton) Agar’s been pushed through and Cartwright’s still there. We saw (Nic) Maddinson get selected (he’s) a mate, he’s one of Steve Smith’s mates. You can’t pick bloody mates! We’ve got to get fair dinkum. We’re really off the ball a bit here ... I think the captain’s getting his own way.”

Hogg said a serious review of Australia’s selection panel and their decision making process was needed if the Aussies are to improve on their horror form slump. “All the way down, there’s got to be question marks. All the way across Cricket Australia,” he said.

Earlier on Tuesday, Aaron Finch said Australia had failed to take their chances against India but conceded there was a clear difference between the sides.

"You have to play well but I think you also have to go in with the right attitude and make sure that when you do get an opportunity to win a game, you don't let that slip," Finch said in comments published on Cricket Australia's website (cricket.com.au)

"We've been in a couple of good positions in the first few games and as soon as you give India a sniff, they'll beat you nine times out of 10.

"You have to play 100 percent to beat (India) in these conditions," Finch said. "If you play 90 percent, it's not good enough here.

"There's obviously a gap between the sides at the moment and they're proving that.

"They're 3-0 up, they're the number one side in the world and there's just a few things we need to tinker with as players to bridge that gap and get the results going our way."

Australia were whitewashed 5-0 away to South Africa last year and Finch said the mounting losses were not helping with confidence.

"Whenever you're losing, it's never easy," said the 30-year-old, who struck his eighth ODI ton in Indore.

"Winning away from home is what every side strives to achieve and I think whenever you start losing, you can lose a little bit of confidence in yourself and in the way you're playing."

Finch was understandably glad to score some runs, especially after going to lengths to convince the team's physiotherapist of his fitness to play.

"If (the calf) had have gone again last night, I might have been in a bit of strife," he said.

"So it was nice for that to hold up."
First Published: September 28, 2017, 8:35 AM IST
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