News – AUSTRALIAN captain Steve Smith has turned the blowtorch on his team’s muddling middle order, declaring it must make runs to arrest an ugly one-day decline.

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  • AUSTRALIAN captain Steve Smith has turned the blowtorch on his team’s muddling middle order, declaring it must make runs to arrest an ugly one-day decline.
  • Sunday’s clash against England at the MCG signals the start of Australia’s campaign to win a fifth World Cup in the UK next year and Smith is ­adamant poor batting is where it’s all gone wrong.
  • Smith confirmed Head would bat at No.4 and White likely at No.5, their “smarts” as much as their form making the skipper confident they will provide what has been lacking in recent times.
  • “Travis has got a good cricket brain and we just need someone that has some smarts there in the middle to play the right brand of cricket at the right time,” Smith said“The middle order has probably been where we have had a bit of an issue.
  • Smith, who caught up with Maxwell on Friday for a face-to-face chat about his omission, said the Victorian’s one-day output in recent times just wasn’t what the side required.


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