• Australia v New Zealand series: Steve Smith’s men given ‘rev up’ as era begins

    Date: 2019.03.19 | Category: 南京夜网 | Tags:

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    Australia have turned to one of the country’s most senior military officers for guidance to help usher through the start of the Steve Smith era.

    Major-General Stephen Day stressed to Smith’s men the importance of team work, a message which holds even more weight following the spate of retirements of senior players this year.

    Invited to speak to the team to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the 1915 Anzac landing at Gallipoli, General Day spoke of the need to respect the opposition and the bond between Australia and New Zealand.

    General Day, a passionate cricket fan, addressed Australia’s bowlers on the Gabba and had a long chat with vice-captain David Warner in the nets.

    A veteran of Namibia, Iraq, East Timor and now the head of the Australian Cyber Security Centre in Canberra, General Day will stay in Brisbane on Thursday and join the players in the rooms after play.

    “He was talking a lot about teamwork. New Zealand were our ally throughout the war, it’s a bit different coming up against them in the battle,” Smith said.

    “For us it’s about respecting the opposition and being able to go out there and make sure we play as a team.

    “He used the phrase a champion team rather than a team of champions. That kind of thing he was trying to get across. It was great to have someone like him come in and give us a rev up before tomorrow.”

    Smith, who deputised as leader for Michael Clarke in Brisbane last year, has vowed to lead from the front in his first Test appearance in the top job since formally taking over the reins.

    “Last year when I was captain I did that, I’d like the same results as last year,” said Smith, who averaged 93 in his three Tests at the helm against India last summer.

    Smith wants his team to buck the current international trend by winning more series abroad. While he stated he will continue the Australian tradition of playing aggressive cricket, he will happily forego the flair of his predecessor in favour of pragmatism.

    “With me it’s about making sure I’m adaptable to each of the conditions,” Smith said.

    “In Australia you can be more attacking, for instance, than in India with our quicks.

    “My captaincy style I need to be adapting to the conditions we face as well. If the time calls for it I’ll certainly be able to set those really attacking fields and let our bowlers go to work.”

    The Gabba surface is likely to offer plenty of encouragement to the quicks, with plenty of green still on the pitch on the eve of the match.

    Australia have backed the height and bounce of Josh Hazlewood over the steadiness provided by veteran Peter Siddle, who will carry the drinks.

    Hazlewood captured seven wickets on Test debut in Brisbane last year, which played a big factor in his recall after missing the final rubber of the Ashes.

    “I think we saw it last year against India the way he could hit high on the bat and bring the keeper and slips into play,” Smith said.

    “This and the WACA will certainly suit him. He’s come a long way, he’s learned a lot in England and he bowled really well last week in the Shield games.

    “He’s in a good place and hopefully he can have similar results to what he had last year.”

    Smith confirmed Mitchell Marsh would bat at No.6 ahead of Peter Nevill, despite speculation the two would swap places in the order.

    The Kiwis opted for Doug Bracewell, their hero from their victory in Hobart four years ago, over Mark Henry as their third seamer.

    TEAMS

    Australia: David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill, Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon

    New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (c), Jimmy Neesham, BJ Watling, Mark Craig, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Trent Boult

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