Tale of two skip­pers

Weekend Herald - - Cricket - AAP

Steve Smith’s laugh­ter has caused the lat­est bar­ney in an Ashes that is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly heated, with coun­ter­part Joe Root vow­ing to use it as ex­tra mo­ti­va­tion in the day- night test that starts to­day.

Smith strug­gled to con­tain him­self while sit­ting along­side Cameron Ban­croft dur­ing the post- match press con­fer­ence fol­low­ing the first test, which Aus­tralia won by 10 wick­ets.

Ban­croft had al­most the en­tire room in stitches with his dead­pan de­liv­ery, claim­ing he has the heav­i­est head in West­ern Aus­tralia’s squad while re­call­ing the night Jonny Bairstow head­but­ted him.

But Root was far from im­pressed with the hys­ter­i­cal con­duct of Smith at the posttest press con­fer­ence.

“If that’s not mo­ti­va­tion to the play­ers, I don’t know what is. Se­ri­ously,” Root said on the eve of the sec­ond test at Ade­laide Oval.

“Hope­fully that will work mas­sively in our favour. Know­ing the char­ac­ters in our dress­ing room, that will re­ally give them a bit of some­thing else to make sure we put things right this week.” —

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