BAN vs AUS 2017: Steven Smith Optimistic ahead of Test Series
For Australia, the Test series in Bangladesh presents the opportunity for a new beginning altogether. After all, the mess surrounding the pay dispute crisis between Cricket Australia (CA) and the players came to an end, as the Australians were raring to battle it out and prove their supremacy as a world-beating side.
Their first task lies in the form of a team that has found tremendous support and confidence at home in recent times – Bangladesh. In the last Test they played at home, Bangladesh managed to pull off a stunning win over England and prove their credentials as a Test unit. That was, later followed by a Test win in Sri Lanka which resulted in a drawn series.
For Australia, Bangladesh will present a stern test of the side’s character. The Kangaroos’ tour of India earlier this year was a surprising success, considering the level of competition they have hosts India in their backyard.
Upon arriving in Bangladesh, skipper Steven Smith addressed the press and sounded optimistic about his side’s chances on the two-Test tour.
“I think it is going to be a great series,” Smith said. “Bangladesh are very good here. I am not picking a favourite. We have to be confident in our skill set, and hopefully, we can get our processes right and have a really good series.”
“Now it is an opportunity for us to change our record in the subcontinent. I thought we did some things really well in India. We just needed to do it for a little bit longer, and consistently. This is another opportunity to showcase our skills, show what we learned over there and hopefully give our best foot forward.”
The world’s number one Test batsman backed his young spinner Ashton Agar to deliver the goods in Bangladesh and do well.
“Ashton has been around for quite a while now. He has worked on his art and become consistent. It will be fantastic to see him get an opportunity. It is obviously four years till we travel to India. It is always a tough tour for us. It is the series that I want to win in my tenure as captain, so it is an opportunity for Ashton get some experience in this condition with an eye to next time we go to India.”
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