Thu, Nov 22, 2012 - Page 19 News List

Aussies leave Watson out of Test 2

NOTHING AMISS?Australia skipper Michael Clarke has dismissed speculation that there is friction between him and his deputy, injured all-rounder Shane Watson

AP, ADELAIDE, Australia

Clarke said Australia took confidence and momentum from the strong finish in the first Test. However, Smith said the wasted opportunities and an unusually below performance from a bowling lineup containing Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander — the two top-ranked fast bowlers in Test cricket — and Morne Morkel only proved there was plenty of room for improvement for the tourists.

“For us a disappointment in a draw is good, it shows that people expect us to play well and to perform well and that’s exciting for us,” Smith said. “We come to Adelaide knowing there are a few areas where we can definitely improve on and we’ve had some good discussions about that.”

“In terms of the No. 1 ranking, we know it’s going to be a process of us performing well for a period of time and this is the big challenge for us,” he added.

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