Sport Comment: Steve Smith admits fatigue played part in form slump, so why hasn't David Warner?

13:47  13 february  2018
13:47  13 february  2018 Source:   Sporting News

Smith admits ODI series took its toll

  Smith admits ODI series took its toll The day after winning the Allan Border Medal for the second time, Steve Smith is ready for a return to work and looking forward to the South Africa tour.The Australian cricket captain will return to training later on Tuesday and start preparing for the South African tour, the day after winning his second Allan Border Medal.

In the aftermath of winning his second Allan Border Medal at Monday night's event at Crown Palladium in Melbourne, Steve Smith revealed he wasn' t in the right frame of mind to be playing in Considering his lack of form in white ball cricket, perhaps rest should have been David Warner 's priority as well.

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In the aftermath of winning his second Allan Border Medal at Monday night's event at Crown Palladium in Melbourne, Steve Smith revealed he wasn't in the right frame of mind to be playing in the one-day series following the Test summer.

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Adam Zampa backs David Warner to overcome his slump with the bat. Australia’s regular captain Steve Smith openly spoke about his battle with fatigue and was welcomes with a breather.

Smith scored 687 runs at an average of 137.5 during the successful Ashes campaign, but in the one-day series also against England he only managed 102 runs at 20.4

The skipper was rested from the T20I tri-series against the Poms and Kiwis, and he believes the decision couldn't have come at a better time.

“An Ashes series takes that little bit more out of you with everything that is going on behind the scenes and I guess the pressure of the games and every game going five days as well – that doesn’t happen too often,” Smith told SEN Breakfast.

“I really needed a break at the end of the one-dayers. I was absolutely nowhere and I probably wasn’t honest with myself throughout it. Getting through the mid-stages of the one-day series I was looking at the finish line and hoping that it came around quickly.

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“It’s been a good couple of weeks off and I want to pick up a cricket bat now, which is positive signs and (I’m) ready to go for what’s going to be an exciting and challenging tour of South Africa.”

Warner is yet to click in the T20 tri-series against NZ and England © CON CHRONIS/AFP/Getty Images Warner is yet to click in the T20 tri-series against NZ and England Considering his lack of form in white ball cricket, perhaps rest should have been David Warner's priority as well.

Warner is standing in as skipper while Smith rests for the T20I series, but the dominant batsman has looked anything but his usual electric self.

The 31-year-old also had a prolific Ashes campaign, scoring 441 runs (third most) at 63, but his stats in the limited overs arena have become alarming.

He made just 74 runs during the five-match ODI series against England, and in his three T20I knocks thus far he has performed even worse and made just 12 runs.

Warner has maintained his desire to play in the series despite his lack of form, but with the location shift across the Tasman, he will now fly out later than the rest of the squad to spend a few days home in Sydney.

Australia won all three of their matches in the series so far, no thanks to Warner's blade, so the question must be asked, why is he still playing in the latter half of the tournament.

The Test side is set to travel to South Africa to play a four-match series against the world No.2 ranked side in March.

Considering they recently just beat the world No.1 ranked side (India) 2-1 at home in emphatic fashion, maybe common sense should prevail.

If we are any chance of beating the Proteas we need out vice-captain fit and firing.

England and New Zealand play the next T20 in the tri-series on Tuesday, Feb 13 at Wellington, while the Aussies next take on the Kiwis on Friday, Feb 16 at Eden Park in Auckland.

David Warner fails but Australia unbeaten and into final of Twenty20 tri-series .
David Warner's troubles in white-ball cricket have continued, posing a selection conundrum heading into the final matches of the Twenty20 tri-series. The Australian captain was dismissed for two by England at the MCG on Saturday night, as the home side, chasing 138 for victory, cruised to a seven-wicket victory in 14.3 overs before a crowd of more 42,000.Warner's poor form since the Ashes left him with only 73 runs in five one-day internationals against England and he now has 12 runs in three knocks through the tri-series.

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