AUS vs ENG 2018: We needed 340 to challenge England, says Steve Smith

Smith scored 23 in the first ODI.

Australia have lost 8 oof their last 9 ODIs. (Getty)

Jason Roy's highest ODI score helped England taste the first victory of the series as they won the first ODI in Melbourne by 5 wickets chasing 305 for victory. 

Australia, on the other hand, have things to worry about early in the new year. It was Australia's eighth loss from their last nine completed One-Day Internationals (ODI) heightening growing concern over their downward 50-over performances. As evidenced by their sheer domination of the World Cup, Australia's best format has long been in the ODI arena but the perennial powerhouses have struggled to recapture the magic for some time.

"I think we probably left ourselves a little bit short (with the bat)," Smith told reporters after the game. "If a couple of batters just stayed for a little bit longer and we gave ourselves the chance to really go hard at the back end, we probably could have got up around 340 which is probably where we needed to be" said Smith. 

Despite the crushing defeat, Smith was not particularly crestfallen knowing it took a record-breaking knock from Jason Roy for England to chase down 305. "That was some innings from Roy," Smith admitted. "He played spectacularly well. Didn't give us a chance. He came out, chanced his arm, played very aggressively from ball one".

"They got off to an absolute flyer. We tried everything to take wickets but wasn't to be tonight," he added.

Roy en route to 180 broke quite a few records and noticeably became England's highest ODI scorer. 

Incredibly special. Don't have too many words right now. Hales wasn't too happy about that by the sound of things (his record being broken). Like I said, really honoured to be selected. Been a tough season last season. Hopefully, it was just a blip, fingers crossed. Didn't really know what to do in celebration, to be honest, just really happy. We had good fun out there. Hand should be fine" said Roy after the Man of the Match award. 


By Anshuman Roy - 15 Jan, 2018

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