Smith rues Australia’s reckless batting post crushing Kiwi defeat

Wellington, Feb. 03 (ANI): Australia captain Steve Smith has admitted that his side failed to adapt themselves to the New Zealand conditions during their devastating 159-run loss to the hosts in the opening one-day international of the three-match Chappell-Hadlee series at Eden Park on Wednesday.

The visiting skipper said that Australia need to quickly bounce back from their ‘disappointing start to the tour’ and also urged his side to spend more time at the crease in order to adjust to the conditions and subsequently accelerate towards the end, reported.

Chasing a daunting target of 308 for victory, Australian top-order batsmen failed miserably as they were reeling at 41 for six in the ninth over before a counter-attacking 79-run seventh-wicket stand between James Faulkner (36) and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade (37) kept the slightest glimmer of hope alive for the visitors.

However, tail-enders collapsed immediately following the dismissal of Wade with pace duo of Trent Boult and Matt Henry sharing six wickets between themselves.

Earlier, New Zealand made 307 for eight in their stipulated 50 overs, thanks to openers Martin Guptill (90), Henry Nicholls (61) and Brendon McCullum (41).

The two sides will play their second ODI of the series in Wellington on Saturday. (ANI)

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