Pollard and Bravo's absence is advantage to NSW, says Steven Smith

New South Wales all-rounder Steven Smith feels his team has got acclimatised to Indian conditions and are ready to face Trinidad & Tobago on Wednesday Getty Images

Chennai: Sep 27, 2011

New South Wales all-rounder Steven Smith feels the absence of Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Bravo will work to their advantage when they take on Trinidad and Tobago in their Champions League T20 clash on Wednesday.

Pollard and Bravo were part of the T&T side that made the final of the inaugural edition in 2009, but both the West Indies stars made themselves unable for selection to the home team, instead preferring to play for IPL sides.

“Obviously, Pollard and Bravo are very good players, so that’s only going to help us. (But) we worry only about our own game and we’ll give it our best tomorrow and make sure we’ll be there at the end of the game tomorrow,” Smith said at a press conference on Tuesday.

Smith also refused to believe that NSW have a thin middle order, and blamed the condition of the pitch for making a below par 135 for eight against Cape Cobras in their first group match.

“I thought the ball got soft pretty early the other day and definitely boundaries are the way to go with the newer ball, it’s probably the best time to bat. Later on, it was quite hard to find the boundary, the Cobras bowled well.”

But T&T will be a different opposition and Smith backed fellow all-rounder Moises Henriques to come good.

“He’s a big strong boy, Henriques, and has cleared plenty of boundaries in his career,” he said.

Smith said his side is better used to the conditions than T&T, who flew in from Bangalore after their defeat to Mumbai Indians last night.

Smith, whose side play all their group matches in here, said, “We came a couple of days earlier to acclimatise to the conditions and the pitch is pretty similar to the one we are using at the nets, so the boys are getting used to the conditions so hopefully now we’re all acclimatised and ready for what T&T bring to the party tomorrow.”

Smith said the team’s selection panel would take a call on whether veteran Aussie pacer Stuart Clark would be included in the team at the expense of the inexperienced duo of either Mitchell Starc or Pat Cummins.

“He’s a very experienced bowler and has played a lot of cricket. He was a good part of our (successful) campaign in 2009 where he played a pretty key role. I am sure that if the selectors see it fit to bring him back in, they will do so.” (PTI)