The last few weeks have been simply dismal for the Australians as they come on the back of successive series losses against India and New Zealand. The Kangaroos were whitewashed at home by India 3-0 in the T20I series and that was followed by a 2-1 ODI series defeat to New Zealand. The Australians now face a massive challenge as they brace up to the challenge of facing New Zealand in the test series. The Blackcaps are undefeated at home since the last four years and that will surely play on the minds of the Australians.

Chief selector Rod Marsh admitted that adapting to different formats in alien conditions would be simply “ridiculous” for the Australians, but to win, they would have to successfully do that. “The whole season has been difficult to navigate, it’s been extremely difficult,” Marsh said. “I just reiterate how sorry I feel for the players,” Marsh said. “I mean it’s been a ridiculous program for them to try and combat, playing three different formats in the space of a week and a half or whatever it is.”I don’t know how they do it, but I take my hat off to them.”

 

Skipper Steve Smith too admitted the same and said that it was part and parcel of the game. “I think it’s part and parcel of the game these days,” Smith said. “We jump from different formats day-in, day-out, and for me it’s just about making sure the guys adapt accordingly. “Going from one-day cricket to Test cricket now, the guys have got a lot more time to spend out in the middle so it’s about reining it in and making sure we have our defence in order for what we’re likely to come up against.