Smith hoping new format will lift struggling Aussies at home
Australia captain Steven Smith has shrugged off his teamâ€™s lamentable form on tour and is adamant his side will lift for the home Test series against South Africa.
Formerly top-ranked Australia have slipped to third in the world Test rankings since being whitewashed 3-0 away to Sri Lanka and their ODI team was belted 5-0 by the Proteas on tour.
Australiaâ€™s squad for the three-match series against South Africa remains up in the air, with a number of struggling players given only one domestic Sheffield Shield match to find form ahead of the opening match in Perth from Nov. 3.
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â€œIâ€™ve let that go,â€ Smith told Australian media of Sri Lanka, where Australia lost their first series in August. â€œIt wasnâ€™t a great tour and Iâ€™ve thought quite a lot about it since coming back home, ways we can improve in those conditions.
â€œResults havenâ€™t gone our way in the last couple of months, but thatâ€™s the game of cricket sometimes. You have to move on and try and improve.â€
Australia sent an under-strength team to South Africa for the one-day series and paid the price with the unprecedented whitewash.
Starc fit and ready to take on South Africa
South Africa captain Faf du Plessis said he felt the tour might leave a mental â€œscarâ€ on Smithâ€™s side ahead of the test series.
But Smith was having none of it. â€œItâ€™s a completely different format of the game. Weâ€™ve got our two big guns back with [Mitchell] Starc and [Josh] Hazlewood,â€ he said of the pace duo. â€œThe batters were a little bit disappointing, but Iâ€™ve moved on from that now and itâ€™s about focusing on this summer and Test cricket.â€
Starc will be eased back into bowling this week in New South Walesâ€™ Shield match against Queensland after suffering a bad gash on his leg during a freak training accident.
Questions remain over Australiaâ€™s third seamer and who will open the batting with David Warner, as Shaun Marsh races to recover from a hamstring strain.
source The Express Tribune news