Score the runs and heap the pres­sure on Smith

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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.”

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