Steve Smith does not want to tinker team composition
In recent times, several former Australian greats suggested that the in form Peter Nevill should be promoted to number 6, while all rounder Mitchell Marsh should drop down to 7. Aussie skipper Steve Smith though, is in no mood to tinker the team combination, and wants his players to play their designated roles.
“Same order,” Smith said. “We think Mitch has a very bright future. We’d obviously like him to score a few more runs and I think he knows that as well and he’s been working extremely hard on his game in the nets, and it looks like it is coming together pretty well. “So, he can gain a lot of confidence out of the way he played in the second innings at Adelaide. He doesn’t need to do anything different to that; go out and play his natural game and hopefully score some runs for us in this Test match,” said Smith in a press conference.
“If it’s there to hit, go after it and, if not, maybe playing it with a little bit softer hands so the nicks maybe won’t carry. He’s been going quite hard at the ball and I know that’s something he’s been working on. So, if it’s there, go at it and just continue to play your natural game and back your instincts, I think that’s the best advice I can give him,” Smith added.
Smith had words of encouragement for comeback man James Pattinson. “I think he’s (Pattinson) played enough, he’s been bowling really well in the nets as well, and he deserves an opportunity and I’m looking forward to seeing how he goes,” Smith said of Pattinson. “I think he just needs to go out, do what he does well and that’s bowl fast and swing the ball, get up there and try to get it moving,” said Smith.
Smith spoke about the conditions in Hobart and said, “There’s a little bit of grass on it so the seamers will get a little bit out of it and the batters are going to have to step up.” “I think we’ve been a little bit disappointing in the past couple of months when the wicket has been doing a little bit. Hopefully we can learn from that and keep improving.”
“We want to win this series 3-0. I wouldn’t read too much into the way the tour match went for West Indies. I still think they have got some quality players and we are going to have to be at our best if we want to win this series 3-0. Look, it is going to be a tough series and hopefully our boys can continue playing the way they have been this summer.”
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