‘Move on and try to improve’

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October 26, 2016
‘Move on and try to improve’

CONFIDENT: Skip Steve Smith

Smith: Aussies are over Proteas hiding.

Australia captain Steve Smith insists his manne will have no scars from their recent pakslae from the Proteas when they meet in the Test series Down Under.

The Aussies were given a 5-0 whitewash in an ODI series earlier this month.

But Smith reckons his players will have a new mindset for the longer game and will be more confident at home with their frontline bowling attack back in action.

Darren Lehmann’s manne haven’t enjoyed great form in the five-day game either, having been whitewashed in Sri Lanka in July and August.

Smith, though, says his team have moved on from the disappointment.

The top-order batsman says: “I’ve let that go. It wasn’t a great tour and I’ve thought quite a lot about it since coming back home, ways we can improve in those conditions.

“Results haven’t gone our way in the last couple of months but that’s the game of cricket sometimes.

“You have to move on and try and improve.

“I was disappointed with the way we played in Sri Lanka, we probably let a few opportunities slip… [but] I’m comfortable with where we’re at back in
Australia.

“Conditions are going to be entirely different to what they were in Sri Lanka… traditionally
Australia has done very well in their own backyard.

“We’ve played good
cricket here in the past and hopefully we can continue to do that.

“It’s a completely different format of the game. We’ve got our two big guns back with [Mitchell] Starc and [Josh] Hazlewood.

“The batters were a little bit disappointing… but I’ve moved on from that now and it’s about focusing on this summer and Test cricket.”

Meanwhile, in-form Proteas batsman Quinton de Kock says the pink ball game is the same as white and red ball with South Africa’s first day-night Test coming up in Adelaide as the final game of the series.

Following his 122* in the Proteas’ two-day pink-ball warm-up game, he tells Cricinfo: “I didn’t find any difference. I am not one to overthink it. A ball is a ball. I just play the way I should be playing in that situation, it’s no difference to me.”

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