Don't let boards negotiate on UDRS, says miffed Smith

"The ICC needs to take responsibility for that. They need to lead the way. They can't leave it up to the boards to negotiate. If the technology is available and they want us to use it, then we must use it," Smith said at the post-match media conference.

"Then you can have a proper idea of whether it works or not. But using it once every seven series is not going to benefit anybody," the South African skipper seemed distinctly unhappy as the decisions by umpires Asad Rauf and Steve Davis were given at a crucial juncture.

But Smith did admit that their batting collapse in the first innings was the primary reason behind the defeat.

"I think we probably lost the Test match on Day II. I don't think it was a 131-wicket. Getting bowled out for that just wasn't good enough," he was forthright in his assessment.

The captain is also aware that Kingsmead is turning out to be a jinxed ground for the Proteas where they are somehow unable to win.

"We've played well at the Wanderers and other places around the world. We just haven't played in Durban, it's as simple as that. I don't think it's been the pace and bounce in the last few Test matches. Swann bowled well against us here. There was reverse swing against England. We were a little bit loose at times."

Smith didn't want to blame the wicket for the defeat but said that one needed to graft on this kind of track.

"It was a wicket that you needed to graft hard on. It was a tough wicket to bat on. You really needed to grind things out. It was a good contest between bat and ball, it provided a really good Test match and that's what you want.

"It was tight going into fourth day, and every day the game swung and was tense. That's what people want to see. Nobody wants pounded out draws. They're a very experienced team. We expected them to bounce back and they have. They played well," he further added.

Smith expects Cape Town Test match to be another exciting affair.
"It builds up well for a good Test match at Newlands. It's always a great Test match to play in, and being one-all in the series, it's going to be even bigger now."

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