Dan Christian told his side to ‘learn from their mistakes’ in dressing room footage following the Outlaws’ agonising three-run defeat against Lancashire Lightning on Saturday.
Episode 5 of the behind-the-scenes documentary series All In reflects on the highs and lows of the Vitality Blast season, after a thumping home victory against the Birmingham Bears was followed by the loss at Emirates Old Trafford.
Captain Christian came close to taking his side to victory in front of the Sky Sports cameras, striking three sixes on his way to an unbeaten 41 off 24 balls.
The pain of defeat was, however, plain to see in the Australian’s face as he addressed his side at the end of the game.
“I don’t mind us being aggressive, but some things we did today were just dumb,” said Christian.
“We just had dumb dismissals from guys who should know better because there’s about a thousand games’ worth of experience in the room. We’ve just got to stop doing it boys.
“We’ve got to learn from the mistakes we’re making - watch what happens in the first innings and be able to assess.
“We’ve just got to be smarter. We’ve all played a lot of cricket and we need to start doing it on the field, like we did last night (against Birmingham Bears).
“We were perfect last night and tonight we made silly mistakes. It’s just really disappointing.”
Elsewhere in Episode 5, homegrown fast-bowler Jake Ball talks about coming to terms with finding himself outside of the Outlaws’ starting XI, just one year on from his most recent international appearance for England.
The 28-year-old has had a serious back injury to contend with in the intervening 12 months and is determined to come back stronger.
“Less than 12 months ago I was playing for England, so to then not being able to get into your county team, it is mentally quite a tough thing to take,” said Ball.
“But I see my mental strength as one of my big strong points. It’s about trying to bounce back from that, doing what the coaches want and getting back into the side.
“Obviously I didn’t have a great start to the year, but it’s the first time I’ve had a long time out of the game. I had six months without bowling a ball.
“For a 28-year-old I’ve not done too bad to get that far. It was something new to me.
“I thought I would just step straight back in and be able to bowl the way I had in the previous six or seven years.
“That wasn’t the case and I’m having to do quite a bit of grooving work to get back to where I was 12 months ago.”
The fifth instalment also covers reaction to victory over the Birmingham Bears at Trent Bridge, and provides an update on Steven Mullaney’s rehabilitation from knee surgery.
Watch the episode in full at trentbridge.co.uk/allin.
There are three further opportunities to catch the Outlaws in T20 action at Trent Bridge this summer, with the next home game under the lights against Derbyshire Falcons on Friday 16 August.