Skipper Smith doesn’t regret resting quicks

Australia skipper Steve Smith still feels the decision to rest Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for the SA tour was the right choice despite copping a 5-0 whitewash in the ODI series.

Smith remained positive even in the face of Australia losing all five ODIs in a series for the first time ever and believes in the long run the experience gained on the tour will help the team.

Smith said after the final ODI in Cape Town: “It is an opportunity to see some younger guys.

“I think with the schedule these days and the amount we play, it’s impossible particularly for fast bowlers to sustain bowling at good pace for long periods of time.

“We’ve chosen to give Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood a rest for this series. It’s given an opportunity for a few younger guys to come in and try and impress. It’s been a very tough series for everyone, but I’m sure they’ll learn a lot out of it.”

“I’ve never played in a one-day series where we’ve lost all five games. It’s been a difficult task. We’ve been outplayed.

“But the group has stuck together well. We’re always looking at ways we can improve … We just haven’t been able to go out there and do the business. We’ve had a pretty inexperienced side, to be fair.”

David Warner scored more runs than anyone else on either side in this series but Smith felt his team could have supported the opener better.

Smith added: “We just haven’t been able to put enough partnerships together.

“We’ve had guys who have had starts and not been able to go on with it. Having said that, Davey was magnificent today. To score 170 out of our 290 was remarkable. The rest of us weren’t good enough.”