Smith: We know how they’re going to play


Australia captain Steve Smith says his side know how England will play in the upcoming five-match ODI series, starting at the Rose Bowl in Southampton on Thursday.

England beat world cup finalists New Zealand three-two in an exciting ODI series earlier in their summer that saw the Three Lions play a new attacking brand of cricket.

The home team have certainly changed how they approach the 50-over format after their disastrous performances at the World Cup earlier this year, where they crashed out after the first round.

Smith, who was the vice-captain to the now retired Michael Clarke when the Aussies won the global event in March, says they have to take their opportunities if they want to beat the hosts.

The 26 year-old Smith said: "The way they played against New Zealand was really good, they took the game on. Moeen Ali recently said they're trying to play quite similarly to the way we play.

"We know how they're going to play. They're going to come quite hard so we're going to get opportunities if we get the ball in the right areas.

"We've just got to make sure we take those opportunities."