Australia have had a fantastic summer so far with astounding home series wins over New Zealand and West Indies. The home summer for the Kangaroos will come to an end with an ODI and a T20I series against MS Dhoni’s India. The upcoming few months will be definitely challenging for Steve Smith’s side, as they head to New Zealand for a Test series and an ODI series.
Due to a jam-packed schedule, no warm-up games have been scheduled before the test series against New Zealand. That, however, has not bothered Smith, whose primary ambition is to make Australia the number one test side. “We’ve always played quite well at home but the challenge for us is to make sure we’re winning series away from home, and that starts with a tough series for us in New Zealand. Hopefully, we can adapt to the conditions we’re going to be faced with in New Zealand, I dare say they’re going to have a bit of grass on them and they’re going to swing a little bit so we’re going to have to be better than we have been previously on those sorts of wickets, hopefully, we can adapt well,” said Smith, about the conditions in New Zealand.
Regarding alternative ways for warm-up fixtures, Smith suggested, “There’re a lot of ways where you can replicate what you’re going to get.” “You can get softballs and get them to swing, you can bat on grass against spinners for subcontinent where the ball does unpredictable things, so things like that where you can work on what you’re likely to face and try to find a way to be successful against it.”
“I’ve had a few chats about it to some of the boys. I think when you’re under pressure you go back to what you know. I think that can hurt you a little bit sometimes away from home, I think you almost have to find another way to do things, whether that be playing in England and New Zealand making sure you’re playing under your eyes, that’s one thing I’ve spoken about to a few of the boys,” Smith said.