You have to bore the batsman to get them out in sub continent conditions: Steve Smith

Praveen / 19 September 2015

After the Ashes setback, Australia is all set to tour Bangladesh for two match Test series. With completely different conditions, Australia has their work cut out as they will be facing a completely different rebuilt Bangladesh unit and challenging conditions.

Smith will lead a rebuilding Australia team into a two-Test series against Bangladesh. The no.1 test batsman in the world has said that in the subcontinent and “bore” batsmen into giving up their wickets

“I think that’s something I’m going to have to adapt to with my captaincy,” Smith told local media in Sydney. “In Australia you can be a little bit more attacking.

“In places on the subcontinent you’ve got to find ways to get batsmen out, you might have to bore them out. For me, it’s about being adaptable wherever we play. So you might have to be more defensive with that and when the ball starts to spin and reverse swing, that’s when you can attack.”

Australia has elected to rest fast men Mitchell Johnson and Josh Hazlewood from the tour, leaving workhorse Peter Siddle and left-armer Mitchell Starc to lead the attack.

One-Test tyro Pat Cummins will bid with uncapped Tasmania bowler Andrew Fekete to be the third seamer though Smith has left the door ajar to play two spinners in the tests in Chittagong and Dhaka.



Unused for most of the Ashes, Siddle underlined his quality with six wickets in Australia’s consolation win in the fifth test at The Oval and will be important for Smith’s hopes of a maiden series win away.

“A big part of my game, especially in Australian conditions, has been reverse swing,” Siddle told reporters.

“That does benefit me a lot over there, and what I normally do is what I’ll do over there. Be patient, build pressure and bowl in the right areas.

“And I think my experience, not in Bangladesh, but in those conditions, will help,” he said.


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