27/02/2024

Steve Smith is looking to find his rhythm with the bat as he and his teammates look to continue being relentless. Image: www.cricket.com.au

Australian vice-captain Steve Smith, vocalised his desire to continue the red-hot form of his side and go on to win the remaining two test matches.

Australian vice-captain Steve Smith, vocalised his desire to continue the red-hot form of his side and go on to win the remaining two test matches.

Smith fronted the media at the SCG on Monday afternoon and was full of praise for his side as they prepare for the Sydney test.

The vice-captain admitted the first three pitches have been “bowler-friendly” and played down hopes of a similar pitch for the upcoming test.

“I think they’ve been pretty bowler-friendly the first three [pitches], whether this one may be a bit flatter, only time will tell,” Smith said.

Smith was very open about his love for playing at his home ground and is keen to get his first hundred of the summer.

“I always love playing here at the SCG, obviously it’s home for me.. Hopefully, I can be amongst the runs this week”.

“It’s been tough to get rhythm and get into a groove, but hopefully this week I can spend a lot of time out there and score a big one,” Smith said.

Smith has struggled to find consistency thus far in the Ashes, in his four innings he has scored 12, 93, 6, and 16 at an average of 31.75.

For any other batter, this would be more than a pass mark, however, given the calibre of performances Smith is known for producing, it’s easy to see why many are questioning the recent outings of the vice-captain.

Smith’s exceptional record at the SCG speaks for itself, he’s averaging 74.82 with three test hundreds to go along with that.

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Smith was happy with his leadership thus far and his ability to accept criticism and advice from his teammates. including working right alongside his skipper Pat Cummins. 

“He’s done a good job when he’s been out there, the boys have responded really well, I know everyone is coming to give him advice when he needs it,

“He’s making the decisions and he’s doing a really good job and hopefully we can keep up the momentum that we’ve created in the first three test, 

“We’ve played some really good cricket, we’ve been relentless and haven’t let England into the contest, so hopefully we can keep doing that,” Smith said.

“He’s been open to feedback and suggestions, that’s my job to give him what I can see from slip and obviously a nice place to be standing and you get good perspective on angles,”

The Sydney test begins on the 5th of January with Smith, Cummins and the selectors with some major decisions to be made for the squad.

Usman Khawaja is likely to slot in at number five, replacing Travis Head who was confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. Meanwhile, Josh Hazlewood is racing to be fit for his home Test with the selectors having a choice to make with the makeup of the pace attack.

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