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Steven Smith wants spinning wickets in South Africa

Steven Smith wants spinning wickets in South Africa
Steven Smith will lead Australia in the tour of South Africa as well as the ICC World T20.
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Australian captain Steven Smith is hoping that the pitches in South Africa during the upcoming tour will aid spin so as to help the teams prepare for the upcoming ICC World Twenty20 tournament.

Australia are slated to play three T20 Internationals in South Africa prior to the start of the ICC World T20 and the games will be played Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Smith feels that by preparing tracks that aid spin, both Australia and South Africa will be benefitted given that the ICC World T20 is being played in India where spin will play a major role.

"Hopefully they're kind to us and prepare some sort of spinning conditions," Smith said at Sydney airport on Sunday.

"I think that would be smart for both sides to do that."

The 26-year-old has also urged the Australian team to focus on adapting to the Indian conditions during the ICC World T20 and also has placed special emphasis on fielding.

"Adapting to the conditions, that's a big one for us.

"Indian conditions are very different.

“And just making sure we do all the basics stuff in T20 cricket.

"Partnerships, making sure we start well in the first six overs with both bat and ball, and I think our fielding – I was pretty impressed with how we fielded in New Zealand in the recent Test series – hopefully we can keep that up.

“I think fielding is a big part of being successful in T20 cricket."

In Australia's squad for the ICC World T20, the team management has plenty of options to choose from especially in the top order and the spin bowling departments.

Smith admits that the final makeup of the Australian team is not yet fully decided and the upcoming three-match T20I series against South Africa will play a role in finalizing the roles of the players.

The ICC World T20 remains the one major trophy that is not yet won by Australia and Smith has put focus on claiming the elusive title but is also eager to win the T20I series in South Africa.

"We want to win this series as well.

“We've got an eye on the World Cup but we want to win this series first so we'll wait and see what our best XI is when we get there.” 

The T20I series between South Africa and Australia will begin with the first game on 4th March in Durban whereas the second and third games will be played on 6th and 9th March respectively. 

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