Score the runs and heap the pressure on Smith
captains who survive the test of time and portray the best body language stay calm, very level, and they are the ones that win the bigger moments.
“And I saw in Smith last year when Australia played Pakistan, particularly at Brisbane in the run chase in second innings, when you felt there was a time when Pakistan may get over the line, he was kicking the ground, hands on the hips, giving the hand gestures to the bowlers, and England can play on that.
“England have got to focus on the process of scoring runs. Score runs and the spotlight will be on the opposing captain. This is your role as a batting unit. The longer you are out there batting, the more you are asking questions of the opposing captain. And if he does not, and you are out there long enough to get the 450s, 500s, then questions get pointed to the opposing captain.
“It’s the norm to blame the captain; that is what you take on. All right, the bowlers have bowled poorly. But a lot of the time the finger gets pointed at you. England have to try to get Smith back into the mould of Brisbane last year.”