SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australia captain Steve Smith thinks England will struggle to get back into the Ashes series after losing in Adelaide to trail 2-0 heading into next week’s third test in Perth.
Smith admitted to some nerves when the tourists mounted a comeback after he decided not to enforce the follow-on in the second test but said it would now be a long road back for England in the five-match series after a 120-run defeat.
“It’s always tough coming back from 2-0 down, particularly when you’re away from home,” Smith said.
“We have to be confident, we have to continue what we’re doing, doing the basics really well, getting big first innings runs is crucial as we’ve seen, and just backing up day in and day out.”
Four reasons for Australian confidence were occupying row 13 of flight QF 740 from Adelaide to Sydney on Thursday with quicks Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins on one side of the aisle and off-spinner Nathan “Gazza” Lyon on the other.