Qantas Tour of the West Indies
Unlucky Maxi just needs consistency
Skipper Steve Smith writes out-of-form Glenn Maxwell needs to find a way to get going, and puts himself in the same boat for the tri-series
Steve is the 45th Test captain of Australia, one-day and T20 captain, and is a world-class batsman
It was disappointing to lose our second match of the ODI tri-series against South Africa the other night, but we're not going to dwell on it for too long. We didn't go over the top when we beat the West Indies in our first game and we're not going to be brought down by a loss either.
That's the game and we've got to move on. We'll just try and rectify the mistakes we made for our next match here in St Kitts, where I gather things will be different. It's a small ground here and it's generally a good wicket so I'm sure there will be a lot more runs scored than in Guyana and the guys are excited about that – especially the batters!
Quick Single: Aussie bats crumble in Guyana
I thought we bowled really well against the Proteas and kept them to around a par score, but it was always going to be a tough chase on that wicket and against their quality bowling attack. Plus I think we let ourselves down in the field. We probably cost ourselves about 10 or 15 runs with guys diving over balls and that's not how we like to field as an Australian team.
And with the bat, we just didn't adapt. Finchy batted brilliantly to score 72, riding his luck at times but he found a method that worked well for him. He played the sweep shot a lot and it paid off, and I thought Nathan Lyon played that shot really well too. But when only three of your players post double figures, including your No.10 and No.11, you're not going to win many games.
I know Glenn Maxwell's form has been spoken about because he's been a bit short of runs in one-day cricket, but he was unlucky against the Proteas. I used up our referral when me and Finchy thought it might have hit me outside the line or was missing the stumps, but unfortunately I was out and we lost the review.
Quick Single: 'He loves a challenge'
I don't think Maxi was overly happy about that when he copped his decision, but that's cricket. Finchy probably had three or four moments where he could have been out LBW but wasn't, so you take the good with the bad.
Maxi works hard and he just needs to be a bit more consistent with the bat. Getting out in the middle in those situations, he has to find a way to get started and knock the ball around a little bit to get into his innings. He obviously hasn't done that too well lately, and neither have I, which is frustrating.
There's obviously been a lot written about the day-night Tests given the announcement that there will be two pink-ball games this summer.
Quick Single: Proteas agree to day-night Test
I've said before that from my point of view, I'd really like to see the development of the ball continue. I don't like that there has to be extra grass on the pitch in order for the ball to hold up. I don't think that's cricket as it should be. But if we keep improving that, it's going to be a form of the game that will be played pretty consistently in the future. I think it's great for the game and a great innovation.
Quick Single: Two day-night Ashes Tests on cards
There's a fantastic mood in the camp at the moment and the guys are pretty relaxed on tour. Given it's such a long journey to get here to the Caribbean, it was great to break the trip up with a few days in New York. The guys went out sightseeing and bonded together so we built up that camaraderie as a group. It's good to be together again after some time apart so the guys are all in good spirits.
And it's great to have Justin Langer with us for this tour. I worked with him before when I was a bit younger and he's been really relaxed so far and he's come in with some great game plans. We've had some great team meetings where we've discussed our opposition and how we want to play them, plus we've been training well. It's just up to us now to go out and get the job done.