AUSTRALIA has named an unchanged aspect for the second cricket Test in opposition to England beginning Saturday in Adelaide.
Australian captain Steve Smith mentioned there wasn’t any nice temptation to change the XI that gained the Ashes opener in Brisbane by 10 wickets.
“It’s just about ensuring that we do the basics well … ensuring that we’re on from ball one,” Smith advised reporters on Friday.
“Hopefully we can get on top early and take some momentum from the last game.”
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While England has questioned Australia’s sledging ways, Smith mentioned the Australians wouldn’t change their strategy.
“It’s an Ashes series, there’s always that banter on and off the field,” he mentioned.
“ … We obviously played some really good cricket last week to be 1-0 up so hopefully we can take some momentum.”
Smith mentioned he “definitely wasn’t mocking” England within the post-game press convention after Brisbane when laughing at newcomer Cameron Bancroft’s detailing of being headbutted by English wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.
But the Aussie skipper mentioned his aspect was braced for some contemporary ways in Adelaide from the vacationers.
“It will be interesting to see whether they change up their tactics …with the pink ball things can happen pretty quickly,” he mentioned.
“It will be interesting to see what sort of things they come up with.”
AUSTRALIA XI: Steve Smith (capt), David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Chadd Sayers (12th man).