Australian skipper Steve Smith is extremely upset by the way Cricket Australia have scheduled their first half of 2017. Australia will be taking on India in a 4-match Test series and at the same time, they will also be combating Sri Lanka in a T20 series.
Quite unequivocally, all the main players including the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon will be heading to India and a second grade Australian side will be up against Sri Lanka.
Smith is unhappy that they will have to miss the T20 Internationals and has suggested its not the ideal way to deal with things. He reckons the Australian crowds will be expecting all their big players to perform in all the formats, but this kind of prioritization will do no good.
“I don’t think it’s ideal,” Smith told on Tuesday (December 27). “I think the Australian public would love to see the best Australian team on the park for every game. It’s difficult to do that with the schedule and how much we play.”
In recent times, Australia have been resting their players though their performances have not been so exceptional. One of the main reasons for it has been the injury-prone nature of many of their speedsters like Starc and Hazlewood, who were dropped from the ODI series against South Africa, which Australia lost 5-0.
“Had they been there, things could have been slightly different. We look now and see how well they’re bowling, and (considering) how much cricket they’ve had to play over the summer, it was probably the right decision to have rested them and made sure they were fit for the summer,” Smith added.
He also suggested that their side wants to win the big trophy in the shorter version, i.e, the ICC World T20 and by playing one or three games here and there, teams won’t win the trophy.
“In T20 cricket, we play games on and off, here and there,” he said. “For me, the most important thing is that we win major tournaments in that format of the game, and that’s the World Cup.” he concluded.