Steven Smith arguably remains the key to Australia reaching next week's final © AFP
Steven Smith arguably remains the key to Australia reaching next week’s final © AFP

Melbourne: Ahead of Australia‘s crucial game against West Indies, skipper Steve Smith has admitted that he is eager to see his young side handle the pressure when they will take on hosts for a place in the Caribbean tri-series decider. A victory against the Caribbeans would hand Australia side with a place in the series decider while a defeat at Kensington Oval means the World Cup holders have to head home. Australia’s top order had already been hit by an injury with opener David Warner sidelined from the remainder of the series due to a broken figure. FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: West Indies vs Australia, 8th ODI at Barbados

With Warner’s loss, Smith arguably remains the key to Australia reaching next week’s final. The 27-year-old believes that high-stakes games would serve as a learning curve for his young side. Smith said it is important to put the young players under the high-pressure situations in order to bring the best out of them, news.com.au reported. The seventh ODI match of the tri-series between Australia and South Africa was abandoned due to an intermittent rain. Australia will lock horns with West Indies at Kensington Oval on Tuesday. Steven Smith misses 2 training sessions ahead of South Africa clash in Tri-Nation Series

Steven Smith who has missed two training sessions for two consecutive days due to a thigh problem will still play in the next match between Australia and South Africa in the ongoing Tri-Nations Series 2016 at the Caribbean. On Friday, the Australian side had a full two hours fielding session before their main training session on Saturday and Smith was a spectator for both the sessions. The Australian skipper experienced tightness in the right quad during their previous match against West Indies in St Kitts last Tuesday and had his leg strapped by physiotherapist David Beakley during the match.