What is Smith aiming to accomplish at Perth’s new Optus Stadium?

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Steve Smith: “I’d like to try and end this one-day series with a score and help the boys win the last game of the series”

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Australia captain Steve Smith is determined to close out the ongoing ODI series with a bang by making a big score when his side go up against England at the new Optus Stadium in Perth.

While Australia have already lost the series, they dashed England’s hopes of a potential whitewash when they won the fourth ODI in Adelaide on Australia Day.

However, Smith has struggled with the bat throughout the first four ODIs as he has scored 90 runs at an average of 22.50.

Given that he has one more shot in front of a sellout crowd of 55,000 people, Smith is eager to go big in Perth before enjoying some much-needed rest and relaxation.

“It has been a long summer,” Smith was quoted as saying by The Canberra Times. “The way I’ve batted in this one-day series has been disappointing. I just haven’t felt quite at home where I’d like to be.

“So I’d like to try and end this one-day series with a score and help the boys win the last game of the series.”

Smith managed to briefly look at the drop-in pitch for Sunday’s clash with England, but he admitted that he was impressed by what he saw.

“We just don’t know what to expect yet. Obviously none of us have played here,” he said. “The wicket looks pretty good. It feels quite hard at the moment. And the stadium is magnificent. When it is packed it’s going to be an incredible atmosphere.

“It’s got a bit of an MCG feel to it a little bit. It would be nice if they could replicate what the WACA does out here (in regards to the pitch).”

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