Nagpur - Australia skipper Steve Smith has blamed his team's
poor decision making under pressure after their demoralising 4-1 loss to India
in the one-day internationals.
The visitors suffered a seven-wicket thrashing in the final
ODI in Nagpur on Sunday to slip to third in the world rankings. They started
the series in second spot.
The latest defeat was Australia's 12th loss in their last 15
ODIs away from home - a worrying loss of form for the team just two months
ahead of a home Ashes series against England.
"We're just not taking our words out in the middle and
doing it with actions. We have glimpses of it and we play well in periods and
then we just get ourselves in trouble," Smith told reporters in Nagpur.
"Probably from poor decision making under pressure,
that's what I probably put it down to. That's something that we need to improve
on because it's not good enough."
Australia, who came to India off the back of a disappointing
Test series in Bangladesh that ended 1-1, failed to capitalise on favourable
positions throughout their four losses.
The visitors allowed India to reach 281-7 after having them
reeling at 87-5 in the first ODI. The Australian batsmen also faltered against
India's wrist spinners.
"Probably lacking consistency with the bat I'd say ...
I think we're losing wickets in clumps very consistently and that's not good
enough," said Smith.
"We probably didn't adapt as well as we would have
Top Australian batsmen were guilty of not converting their
starts into bigger scores, costing the visitors against a formidable Indian
Smith's own form with the bat was not up to his usual high
standards in the five matches, scoring 142 runs with two half-centuries. David
Warner and Aaron Finch were the only Australian batsmen to make centuries.
"I wasn't feeling great at the start of the series to
be honest. I wasn't holding the bat the way I would have liked to," said
"As the leader of the team it's been disappointing but
I guess sometimes that's cricket. You have those periods where you're not
getting the scores you like.
"It's something hopefully I can turn around and
hopefully contribute in the T20s."
Smith played his 100th ODI in the series, having made his
debut back in 2010.
Australia now head to Ranchi for the three-match Twenty20
series starting on Saturday. The second and third T20s will be played on
October 10 and 13 in Guwahati and Hyderabad.