Sydney - Australia Test captain Steve Smith has played down the
suggestion that the series against South Africa will be verbally aggressive,
saying he'd rather let the cricket dominate.
Smith had said after the recent Test series defeat to Sri
Lanka that his side was too quiet in the field, but he clarified now that he
meant in terms of energy, not sledging.
The likes of Peter Siddle have already said they would enjoy
the banter against Kagiso Rabada in particular, to which the Proteas paceman
responded that he would be happy to return the favour.
But Smith does not want the cricket to be overshadowed by
antics in the middle, telling the CA website: "The things I said about Sri
Lanka were more about us having some more energy and presence in the field.
"It’s not about getting in their face and sledging them
or that kind of thing.
"It’s about making sure that our attitude’s right and
that we have that presence out on the field so if we get a half chance that
we're in a frame of mind to be ready to take it.
"I don't think it’s anything about hostility and
sledging as such.
"Each individual is different and I think aggressive
means different things to different people.
"Some people might need to get into a contest with a
bowler verbally, others might just need to puff their chest out a little bit or
just have really good body language out on the field."
The first Test starts in Perth on 3 November.