Steve Smith refused to blame his inconsistent teammates for their batting failures during the Ashes after he again shouldered the run-scoring burden for Australia on Friday.
Smith has now amassed 751 runs, a sizeable chunk of the team’s overall tally of 2,508 runs over the entire series even though he has missed three of the nine innings after being hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer.
“We haven’t seen any huge totals really throughout the whole series so it’s not been easy,” he said.
“There’s always been something there, I felt. If you bowl in good areas for long enough then I think we’ve seen you’ll get rewards.”
“Sometimes you need to change certain little things that can help you play in certain conditions and adapt accordingly but I think it will be a good learning curve for all of our batters.”
“I just sort of do my thing and what people say it doesn’t really bother me, it’s just each time I go out to the middle I love batting and I just want to bat and score runs and help out the team,” he said.
“People can say whatever they like, nice things, bad things, whatever. It really doesn’t bother me.”