Steven Smith (L) and Eoin Morgan © Getty Images
Steven Smith (L) and Eoin Morgan © Getty Images

Steven Smith-led Australia  are going through abysmal time in coloured clothings. They have won only two ODIs in the past one year, and lost their first home series — since 2010 — versus England. While Smith doesn’t shy away from accepting that Australia are failing in execution, he also labelled England’s (aggressive) brand of cricket as “risky”, especially in mega tournaments.

Smith told, “England have played a different brand of cricket where they go really hard the whole time. That can be risky at times, particularly in big tournaments. You might get yourselves to the semi-finals or something but you can have those days where you get bowled out for 150. It can work against you as well.

Note: England were thrashed by Pakistan in 2017 Champions Trophy semi-final.

Meanwhile, Smith also pointed out Australia’s follies in recent times. “I think our one-day cricket has been disappointing for just over a year now. A lot of it comes down to poor decision making and execution out in the middle. We’ve seen when we’ve played well and won games it’s been about the top four, someone there going on and getting a really big score. Then others coming in and playing quite positively around the person getting that big score. That’s the blueprint that I think works for us,” added Smith.

To stress on Smith’s take on England, their ODI outfit have led to a total revamp post 2015 World Cup debacle. Since the marquee event, Eoin Morgan-led England have humbled some big sides — New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan — at home and won overseas in Australia, West Indies and UAE (Pakistan’s adopted home ground). A large part of their success goes to Morgan and team director, Andrew Strauss. In addition, England have an abundance of big hitters, and a varied bowling lineup at their disposal.

Nonetheless, owing to their semi-final defeat versus eventual champions Pakistan in Champions Trophy last June, England’s ability to remain firm in knockouts remain a big question.