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NEW Australia vice-captain Alex Carey says it’s time for the team’s batsmen to pull their weight, starting with the three-match ODI series against South Africa.

Australia are the most decorated team in one-day cricket, but they are in the midst of a crippling rut that has seen them lose 16 of their past 18 completed ODI games.

Batting collapses have been a key feature of the losing run, and the issue has also become a problem in the Test and T20 arena.

Alex Carey (left) has urged Australia's batsmen to step up and follow the bowlers' lead. Picture: Getty
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Carey said it was time for the team’s batsmen to fire.

“We know how good the bowlers are,” Carey said.

“It is now time for our batters to stand up and chase what’s set, or put a good total on the board.

“We know that. We’re not shying away from that. We know we have to stand up in key moments.

“Chris Lynn said it really well – play fearless cricket, not reckless cricket. “We know the power some guys have, but try to show that power more in the 45th, later in the game.

“We’ve had some really honest sessions. Hopefully that hard work will pay off over the next few days.”


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