Stephen Fleming says Melbourne Stars have to work out where they are going wrong quickly if they are to maintain hopes of reaching the latter stages of the Big Bash League.
The star-studded Stars have now lost six matches in a row spanning last season and this.
And following a third straight reverse in the seventh edition of the BBL, New Zealander Fleming said: "We have got to win games. That's the first thing.
"Sometimes you just have to digest the manner in which you are not getting across the line.
"We have really struggled to get any momentum or form into our play and that's what we are searching for."
Glenn Maxwell displayed a return to form with a 50 in the home thrashing to Brisbane Heat earlier this week, after playing himself in.
It was a change of tack from Maxwell - who was dropped by Australia for the upcoming one-day series versus England - a player with a reputation forged on aggression and instinct.
"By no means are we trying to squash the players by becoming too circumspect. It's got to be a balance between summing up the game and putting the foot on the pedal," added Fleming.
"The nature of the competition gives us a chance but we have to play smarter."
Melbourne Stars are 1213.00 to turn things around and claim the Big Bash title.
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