Australia’s Steve Smith says he will be aggressive against the Sri Lankan spinners during the upcoming two-match Test series.
Smith said he will be leaning on lessons learnt on previous tours to Sri Lanka as he looks to take a more aggressive approach in the upcoming series.
Smith has been kept on ice during the back-end of the ODI series after he suffered a left quad issue during the second game of the five-match series.
Speaking to cricket.com.au, Smith said he believe he has improved his understanding of the spinning ball and the square seam by playing lot more on Sri Lankan pitches and spending a fair bit of time in the middle.
He said, “From there, I think my subcontinent form probably got better and better, so it’s a great learning experience, playing on these kinds of wickets. I can potentially put a bit more pressure back on the bowler at stages – I’ve probably been a little bit defensive at times.”
Smith’s tweaked gameplan will also need to be implemented off the back of a modified training routine, with the vice-captain being forced to limit his famously lengthy net sessions due to his troublesome left elbow.
He is now also nursing a left quad complaint that has so far kept him out of the back-end of the ongoing ODI series against the Sri Lankans.
The two-match Test series begin on the 29th of June in Galle.