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Melbourne — Skipper Aaron Finch admits self-doubt is creeping into Australia’s batsmen after another woeful display against SA in the first ODI last weekend‚ but he insists "the wheel will turn".
The home side slumped to a crushing six-wicket defeat with more than 20 overs to spare in Perth on Sunday‚ dispelling hope a corner might have been turned after a grim eight months since the ball-tampering scandal.
They have now crashed to 17 losses in their last 19 ODIs‚ including an unparalleled seven defeats in a row‚ with batting failures a feature much of the year. "You’d say that guys are probably at times doubting themselves‚" Finch said.
On Sunday they were reduced to 8/3 and 66/6 before Nathan Coulter-Nile (34) and Alex Carey (33) steered them to 152 all out‚ again exposing how much they are missing the banned Steve Smith and David Warner. The pair were banished for 12 months after the ball tampering incident during the third Test in Cape Town in March.
"When you’re 8/3 you probabl...
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