Smith: Tigers Tests are not experiments


Australia captain Steve Smith has scoffed at the idea that the upcoming Test series in Bangladesh will be used as a trial for their future fixtures, saying they're taking the Tigers very seriously indeed.

While Bangladesh are ranked ninth in Tests, their improvement over the past two years has been dramatic, and Smith says his young and inexperienced side will need to play very well in order to win.

Smith said when asked if it was an experimental tour: "Not at all. Every Test you play you want to win, you want to win very series you play, and it’s no different going to Bangladesh.

"It’s going to be difficult playing over there, they've played some very good cricket in their own backyard.

"It’s going to be a tough tour but hopefully we prepare well and adapt to the conditions accordingly and have a successful tour."

This will be Smith's first full tour as Test captain, and will be leading a side where most players have fewer than 10 caps. Australia have won just one Test in Asia in their last 15, and Smith hopes his youthful side will change that.

he has to lead a side without five senior players, with Ryan Harris, Michael Clarke, Chris Rogers, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson all retiring in the past two months. While Smith didn't expect such a rush of exits, he hopes to make the best of it.

He added: "I think you could see that those guys (who retired) were getting quite old and they were getting to probably the end of their careers.

"I didn't expect it all happen at once but now is a chance for some guys to come in and stamp their own authority on the side and hopefully fill those gaps really well.

"We want to improve the way we play away from home and this is our first chance to do that.

"The conditions can be quite foreign to what we're used to in Australia so the guys will have to adapt right away and have plans in place to make sure they're doing everything they can to make sure they have success over there.

"We've got a bit of a clean slate with a lot of guys coming in and it’s a really exciting time for Australian cricket."