Australian captain Steve Smith said his team needs to work on many areas before the Champions Trophy. Smith said it after winning the triangular series in West Indies.
Australia have defeated West Indies in the final by 58 runs to win the series, but the Kangaroos have struggled quite in this series.
In the final, an allrounder, Mitchell Marsh’s bowling and wicketkeeper, Matthew Wade’s lower middle order batting helped Australia to win the match by 58 runs. This series also included South Africa.
Smith after winning the final in Barbados said, “I was pleased with the way we scrapped today,”
“I am using that word a lot. But that’s been a bit of a theme in this series with the kind of wickets we have been playing on. I am pleased we were able to get the job done,” Smith further added.
In 2017 June, the Champions Trophy will be held in England where the top eight teams will vie for the laurel. Australia are slotted in a tough group of New Zealand, Bangladesh and the host England, who are playing outstanding cricket now.
In Sunday’s final, Australia batting first scored 271. West Indies commencing the chase got off a brisk start from opener Johnson Charles and Andre Fletcher before the Aussie bowler wreck havoc of the West Indies batting. However, Smith said his bowling department too need to improve with the new ball before the Champions Trophy.
“We have to continue to start well with the ball,” the 27-year-old said. “In the last probably three of four series we have been up against some pretty dynamic opening batters. They have got the better of us at the start.
“We have been lucky enough to pull it back in the middle overs and bowl pretty well at the death. We will make things a lot easier for ourselves if we start really well, hit good areas and execute our plans.”
Smith was confident that Australia’s young team will only get better as they play more together.
“We still got a lot of areas to work on … our fielding still needs a lot of work. We need to have the energy we had today in every game,” he said.
“Hopefully, as this group continues to play more together we will continue to learn each other’s games and continue to gel well as a team.”