Australia’s record in Asia is nothing short of shambolic. After suffering humiliation at the hands of India and later Pakistan, the Kangaroos have been humbled by the Sri Lankan lions in their den. The biggest reason for such a disappointing performance by Australia has been their lackluster batting, which has displayed no resistance at all and has shown no signs of learning from their previous mistakes.
Ahead of the third test at Colombo, skipper, Steve Smith admitted that his batsmen had let him down big time. Nevertheless, Smith said that despite already losing the series, his side was focused and determined to do well in Colombo, in order to salvage some pride. The run machine advised his batsmen to reinvent their skills and get their basics right.
“I think you still have to try and bat time. I guess that is what Test cricket is all about,” Smith said. “At the same time, you do need to be proactive in your thinking, finding a way to get off the strike, get down the other end and if you are down there, you can’t get out. “It’s difficult at any time. In Australia, we don’t get wickets that do what these wickets do so it’s very foreign. You almost have to reinvent your game to be successful on these surfaces. In Australia, you don’t get balls that are turning like they are here and skidding on, everything’s pretty consistent. So it’s finding a way I guess and getting outside your comfort zone.”
“We have got a lot of work to do to change the way we play in these conditions. Having said that, I thought we made some good strides in the second innings in Galle. The way we were proactive in our thinking, the way we went about it,” the New South Wales star further added.
When quizzed about his thoughts on the pitch, Smith said that it was another dry surface, which would make batting difficult. “As long as we can take that into the first innings of this Test match, and try and make it go a for a bit longer – I think looking at the wicket it is going to be another tough one to bat on. It looks like it is going to be pretty dry again, and take a fair bit of spin, so if you can bat for a day, I dare say you will put yourself in a reasonable position,” Smith said.