Steven Smith takes positive out of Australia previous match against South Africa © Getty Images
Steven Smith takes positive out of Australia previous match against South Africa © Getty Images

Steven Smith considers his team unlucky to lose the 3rd ODI of the Tri-series against South Africa at Guyana. But he does not intend to take it as a negative but move on instead like they did after the win against hosts West Indies. They had a horrible batting collapse in the previous match against Proteas. Only one batsman showed confidence to score runs and keep the scoreboard moving. Aaron Finch stood out of the lot and scored 72 runs before losing his wicket to Aaron Phangiso. Nathan Lyon displayed some courage towards the end but did not succeed in taking his side home. Only two batsmen managed to take their score into double digits. ALSO READ: Steven Smith: Australia might play 2 day-night Tests in home summer

Australian skipper Smith looks positive after the loss as he says, “That’s the game and we’ve got to move on. We’ll just try and rectify the mistakes we made for our next match here in St Kitts, where I gather things will be different. It’s a small ground here and it’s generally a good wicket so I’m sure there will be a lot more runs scored than in Guyana and the guys are excited about that – especially the batters!” (cricket.au.com)

Despite losing the match he managed to take some positives out of his team’s loss as he said, “I thought we bowled really well against the Proteas and kept them to around a par score, but it was always going to be a tough chase on that wicket and against their quality bowling attack. Plus I think we let ourselves down in the field. We probably cost ourselves about 10 or 15 runs with guys diving over balls and that’s not how we like to field as an Australian team.”

He accepted his batting order’s failure and praised opener Finch for his knock of 72. He also praised Lyon for the way he played sweep shots against the spinners and scored 30 runs. He backed Glenn Maxwell despite his failure to perform. He has been consistent from the starting of Indian Premier League (IPL) season 9 and has failed to perform in the Tri-series so far.

He shows faith in Maxwell as he says,” Maxi works hard and he just needs to be a bit more consistent with the bat. Getting out in the middle in those situations, he has to find a way to get started and knock the ball around a little bit to get into his innings. He obviously hasn’t done that too well lately, and neither have I, which is frustrating.”

When asked about the innovation of Test cricket with the advent of day-night Tests and pink ball, he said, “There’s obviously been a lot written about the day-night Tests given the announcement that there will be two pink-ball games this summer. I’ve said before that from my point of view, I’d really like to see the development of the ball continue. I don’t like that there has to be extra grass on the pitch in order for the ball to hold up. I don’t think that’s cricket as it should be. But if we keep improving that, it’s going to be a form of the game that will be played pretty consistently in the future. I think it’s great for the game and a great innovation.”

He is happy with Justin Langer coming with them on this tour. He expresses his thoughts on Langer saying, “It’s great to have Justin Langer with us for this tour. I worked with him before when I was a bit younger and he’s been really relaxed so far and he’s come in with some great game plans. We’ve had some great team meetings where we’ve discussed our opposition and how we want to play them, plus we’ve been training well. It’s just up to us now to go out and get the job done.”