Steven Smith © AFP
Steven Smith © AFP

Australia has been sweating it out in the nets ahead of the second and last match of  the Test series versus Bangladesh. Already trailing 0-1, Steven Smith is under the pump after losing the first Test at Dhaka by 20 runs. The result might not reveal much, but Australia were completely outplayed by Mushfiqur Rahim’s side.

Smith has been continuously bombarded with selection queries, ever since they toured India earlier this year. Exclusion of Steve O’Keefe from this tour and inclusion of Ashton Agar has irked Peter Siddle. However, Smith, on the eve of the second Test, opened up on Ashton Agar ahead of O’Keefe, “It’s four years until we next go to India which is always a tough tour for us and one that I particularly as captain want to win (at some stage) throughout my tenure.”

Siddle told to Fox Sports New: “He can think that, but it’s probably not something that he should have said out loud. There is a lot of cricket to be played in four years. There is an Ashes series coming up where we will use a certain amount of players. There will be Test matches in the couple of years coming that will be just as important.”

Smith replied, “Peter Siddle’s entitled to his opinion but I never think that we’ve looked too far ahead and not concentrated on this tour, that’s for sure.

“We always focus in on the tour that we’re playing in. At times you also have to look a bit to the future and look at guys that we think can play a role. I don’t think at any point we really said that we weren’t concentrating on this tour. I don’t think that was ever the case,” Smith concluded.