Steven Smith will miss the last two T20Is against India © Getty Images
Steven Smith will miss the last two T20Is against India © Getty Images

Steven Smith has begun preparation for Australia’s upcoming tour of New Zealand where both the sides are set to play both limited-overs and Test cricket. While the Australian side was preparing for the must-win encounter in the second Twenty20 International (T20I) against India, Smith was busy conducting a press conference on Thursday discussing their three-match One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and two Tests against New Zealand. Smith and his deputy David Warner have made themselves unavailable for the remainder of the T20I series against India in order to commence their preparation for New Zealand tour. After losing the first T20I at Adelaide, Australia will surely miss the duo when they again take on India at Melbourne on Friday. FULL SCORECARD: India vs Australia, 2nd T20I at Melbourne

According to cricket.com.au, Smith who will be leading Australia in Tests for the first time in an away series, said, “It’s going to be a little bit different. They [New Zealand] are going to prepare wickets that are going to do a little bit. We’ve got some bowlers there to hopefully get a bit out of that and the batters are going to have to adapt a little bit better than we have previously on wickets that have done stuff. ”
Smith added, “We haven’t performed extremely well away from home recently. That’s a big thing on my agenda, to make sure we’re playing well away from home. It starts in a couple of days’ time.”

The pitches enjoyed by the Australian batters in the recent times at home where they scored runs in bundle will contradict the pitches that will be provided by their neighbours. The Black Caps’ bowling attack will be led by the duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee—both being ranked in top 10 of the ICC rankings. Also, not to forget, New Zealand haven’t lost a Test series at home in the last four years.

The Australian ODI and Test skipper said, “When you grow up in Australia you can play out in front [of a batter’s body] a little bit more, and in those conditions you’ve got to play under your eyes so your nicks don’t carry [to slips fielders] and you’re not getting out in front.” READ: Virat Kohli-James Faulkner confrontation ‘fantastic,’ says David Warner

“It’s hard to train [for]. You sort of have to get away from everything that you learn growing up and try and for a new technique, in a way. Hopefully the guys can do that and adapt, to all the conditions around the world. I think the wickets in New Zealand for one-day cricket are going to swing around a bit as well. We saw that in the World Cup [when Australia lost to NZ last February] – at Eden Park (in Auckland) the ball was swinging around and it was quite difficult for all the batters.

We’re going to get some practice in on those conditions, albeit against a white ball. Guys know what to expect. We’ve got to keep working on it as much as we can before we get there, and be ready to go,” he signed off.