Need to adapt my captaincy to suit conditions - Steven Smith
Australian captain Steven Smith expressed his readiness to adapt his captaincy to suit the conditions in Bangladesh even if it means playing defensive cricket in the two-match Test series which begins on 9th October.
The Bangladesh tour will be the first full-time assignment for Smith as a captain, after being selected to lead Australia, following Michael Clarke’s retirement.
Smith had earlier captained Australia in the three Test matches of the 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar Trophy when Clarke was out with a hamstring injury.
The 26-year-old asserted that Australia will have to play a mix of defensive and attacking styles of play to succeed in the sub-continent conditions.
"I think that's something I'm going to have to adapt to with my captaincy.
“In Australia you can be a little bit more attacking.
“In places on the subcontinent you've got to find ways to get batsmen out, you might have to bore them out.
“For me it's about being adaptable wherever we play.
"So you might have to be more defensive with that and when the ball starts to spin and reverse swing, that's when you can attack.”
After the retirements of senior players like Clarke, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Shane Watson and Chris Rogers, Australia are currently undergoing a period of transition.
One of the players who has been given a chance to shine in the Bangladesh tour is Usman Khawaja, who has recently recovered from a serious knee injury.
From 89 first-class games, Khawaja has 5,558 runs coming at an average of 39.98 with 13 hundreds and 29 fifties to his name.
Praising Khawaja for working hard to make a comeback after the knee injury, Smith is looking forward to see what the 28-year-old has to offer at the Test level.
"He's got another opportunity, he's worked really hard to get back.
“He's had a tough time of it with his knee, but he's back in the squad now and I'm looking forward to seeing what he brings.”
Another player who is drafted into the squad for the Bangladesh tour is the 30-year-old Andrew Fekete, who made his first-class debut aged 28.
However, Fekete enjoyed a great season in the 2014-15 Sheffield Shield for Tasmania, picking up 37 wickets from 10 games at an average of 24.10.
Smith admitted that he hasn’t seen much of Fekete.
“I haven't seen Fekete bowl for a while.
"Last time I saw him bowl he got me out in a second XI game and I was part of a hat-trick.”
Australia will first play a three-day tour game against the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI in Fatullah between 3rd and 5th October, before heading to Chittagong for the first of the two Tests.
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