Smith ‘hurting’ after series defeat
Steve Smith was hurt and embarrassed after another humiliating loss as Australia’s Test cricket captain – and he didn’t want to disguise the depths of the problems. “It’s a bit of a low point for myself and for Australian cricket,” said Smith after Australia lost a fifth consecutive Test under his captaincy. Smith was unbeaten in his first 11 Tests as captain, helping lift the team to the No. 1 ranking in February. Now Australia are on the brink of an unprecedented whitewash in a Test series on home soil. While the South Africans celebrated clinching the three-Test series with a match to spare following the innings and 80-run victory in Hobart, Smith was left trying to explain how his team had surrendered back-to-back series in Sri Lanka and at home. “I am hurting. It’s another disappointing performance,” Smith said. “Another big collapse, it’s not good enough. I’m quite sick of saying it – it has happened five Tests in a row now. “For an Australian cricket team, that’s humiliating. I’m embarrassed to be sitting here in this position.” Australia were swept 3-0 in a Test series in Sri Lanka in July and August and then beaten 5-0 in a limited-overs series in South Africa before returning for the start of the southern summer.
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