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Waugh urges flat Aussies to get attitude

AAP logoAAP 2/11/2016 By Justin Chadwick and Rob Forsaith

Test great Steve Waugh has urged Australia to display more attitude in the field, saying they can't afford to put in another "pedestrian" display during the upcoming three-Test series against South Africa.

Waugh believes Australia's fielding has been a growing issue for some time, and cost them at critical moments during the recent 3-0 Test series loss in Sri Lanka.

Last summer, former Test star Ian Chappell slammed Australia's fielding standards after watching the team drop a glut of chances against NZ.

Chappell even went as far as describing it as the worst Australian fielding side since the mid 1980s.

Waugh has urged Australia to put in the hard work to regain their mantle as the world's best fielding outfit.

"We were very flat in Sri Lanka," Waugh said.

"I thought our fielding was pretty pedestrian compared to what we've done in the past, and I think Steve Smith would want more attitude out of the team.

"We're not used to our side not being the best fielding side in the world.

"It makes a huge difference - obviously taking catches and getting run-outs, but (also) just the pressure you exert on the opposition with your body language and the way you carry yourself."

Smith said he has done his best to address the issue heading into the first Test against South Africa, starting at the WACA Ground on Thursday.

"It's been a pretty big focus," Smith said.

"I don't think we fielded particularly well over the last year or so. So guys have been working hard at it.

"The slippers have caught very well in practice over the last (few days) in our preparation.

"But I guess it's now taking it out in the middle and making sure that when we get the opportunities, we're taking them."

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