Skipper Steve Smith Out to Reopen Ashes ‘Scars’ in England

Chennai: Australian captain Steve Smith attempts a catch during a practice session at MAC Stadium in Chennai on Thursday ahead of the first ODI match against India. PTI Photo by R Senthil Kumar(PTI9_14_2017_000104B)

Steve Smith said plan of Australia to reopen old Ashes scars starts with the morale-downing blow in the series opener this month at the Gabba.Smith has stubborn memories of the shocking effect of Brisbane Test opening from the last Ashes battle in 2013-14 in Australia on the rest of the series.

The hostility of Mitchell Johnson, who is a paceman, battered the England and it was backed by Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris as well as the resilience of lower batting order of Australia.Smith added he needs those players in the England squad who played in last series, including Alastair Cook, skipper Joe Root, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Steven Finn and Stuart Broad, to relive the disaster and to permeate to the rest of the team for it.

He told the media on Thursday before the first test in Brisbane on November 23, “First Test will be very important for us. We have to set that tone again and we will hopefully get them on the same way to what we were in 2013.”

“Some of the players were out for the tour and we are hoping to get them wondering the same way, open a few of the scars up and let them worrying “ah! Not again” and that kind of process.”

He said he wanted Trevor Bayliss, England coach, to get his team with attacking form in mind and told middle order of Australia should be more active to succeed. We have seen a lot of collapses over the past few years. He said that he believe they had 14 collapses in the last 15 games, or something like that.

He said, “We can’t afford to see another collapse this summer and six and seven are the place we need to rebuild if such kind of things happen and it will be a valuable position if players are getting runs. It will make a huge difference. Hopefully, it will be the case.”

Smith, who has been unable to score a single century in international fixtures since his tour in March in India, added he was hopeful and refreshed to get back to his best form for the next clash of five Test matches with England.Ahead of Root, he is the top Test batsman and he heads into the Ashes with 59.66 of batting average with 20 centuries and 56 Tests.

England Added 3 Players to Squad ahead of Test for Ashes 2017

On the other side, England women are ready with three more players, Amy Jones, Kate Cross, and Tash Farrant to their Ashes team in Australia. On Thursday, Seamer Cross has been trained and expecting to play in 4-day tour over Cricket Australia XI to be started on Saturday.

Left-arm seamer Farrant and wicketkeeper Jones will also come this weekend. The trip will be addd for the Ashes Test with Australia, scheduled on November 9. All of these cricketers are playing club cricket. Jones played 15 T20 internationals and 20 ODIs, while Farrant had experience with 9 T20s and only one ODI.