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CRICKET: Australia's captain unhappy with Steven Smith's omission

Published:Monday | September 1, 2014 | 9:31 PM

Australia captain Michael Clarke has expressed displeasure with the eleven he was given by the selectors, after his side's three-wicket defeat against Zimbabwe in the One-Day International (ODI) triangular series in Harare yesterday.



It was the first time in 31 years that Australia had lost an ODI to Zimbabwe.



While criticising the team's performance against spin on a slow wicket, Clarke also said Australia had missed Steven Smith and Mitchell Johnson, both of whom were not picked for this game.



Clarke says the middle-order batting certainly missed Steve Smith as he is a very good player of spin and it was disappointing he wasn't out there to combat those conditions.



Clarke says he tried to get the best out of the players the selectors gave him.



Australia's batsmen struggled on a slow pitch that offered plenty of turn.



Clarke battled through hamstring trouble to score 68, but none of the other batsmen were fluent against Zimbabwe's spinners.



Australia were restricted to 209, their lowest total batting first against Zimbabwe, who won with two overs to spare.



Clarke called it a terrible performance.



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