THE inability to bat through the full innings has been identified as Fiji's biggest downfall in cricket.
In fixture against Melbourne Cricket Club in Lautoka on Saturday, the national side was bowled out for 129 runs in 35 overs.
The visitors surpassed the target in 19 overs.
Melbourne Cricket Club team manager Michael Sholly commended Fiji's bowling attack after their five wickets fell before they could overhaul the target.
However Sholly said a lot of improvement was needed in the batting department.
He said the Fiji cricketers needed to have patience when batting.
Sholly said scoring totals like 130 was not enough in a 50 over game.
"We went to Japan a couple of years ago and I think the bowling attack here is much better than that in Japan," Sholly said.
"They can compete at that level. But they need to set themselves a bigger score to protect.
"The 120 and 130 scores are not enough. They need to get up to 200.
"So the players need to have more patience.
"They need to select the right ball to play.
"If they are competing in 50 over game then they must make sure to play the 50 overs and not 30.
"It seems that some of the batsmen here are content to bat for 20 or 30 minutes when they can bat for two hours.
"They need to get their minds on batting for a longer period of time."
In 2006, Fiji was part of the International Cricket Council World Cricket League Division Three competition.
The poor performance of the national side has since seen them being relegated to the ICC World Cricket League Division Seven competition this year.