The team will enter the season under new full time leaders in captain Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner, and without recent retirees Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers and Shane Watson. Despite the wealth of experience that has left the side, Lehmann is confident the young players coming through will be ready for the challenge in the forthcoming series' against New Zealand and the West Indies.
Australia will embark on the campaign under new captain Steve Smith and deputy David Warner without the recent retirees Michael Clarke, Brad Haddin, Ryan Harris, Chris Rogers and Shane Watson. Despite the wealth of missing experience, Lehmann said he was confident the players coming through would be ready for the challenge in home Test series against New Zealand and the West Indies.
Steve Smith said the anticipated influx of top-order batsmen for the opening Test against New Zealand could result in him batting at No.4, but he has made it clear he won't bat any lower than that during his first series as skipper. Smith, who spent Tuesday at a training camp for the Australian Test squad at Hurstville Oval to bowl and train with the 'red ball' in the middle of the Matador Cup one-day competition, has a simple formula to safeguard his batting against the pressures of captaincy.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh gave what seemed to be positive updates on running back Justin Forsett and wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. in his Monday press conference. On Forsett, who had his ankle rolled up on during the tackle after his 32-yard reception in the fourth quarter put the Ravens well.. Ravens coach John Harbaugh stated Monday that Justin Forsett (ankle) has a "good chance" to play in Week 6 at San Francisco. Impacts: Forsett missed overtime in Baltimore's Week 5 loss to Cleveland.
Ghost Steve Smith, Avenger D-Line, and Cheerleader Tucker judge the Goodwill Gridiron Costume Contest. pic.twitter.com/xjw6 ...
Ravens coach John Harbaugh gave what seemed to be positive updates on running back Justin Forsett and wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. in his Monday news conference. As for Smith, the standout wide receiver who despite playing sparingly in the second half against Pittsburgh and missing Sunday's loss to the Browns with microfractures in his back has nearly as many receiving yards (373) as the rest of the team's wide receivers combined (395), Harbaugh said his status wasn't determine until gametime Sunday. "There's always a chance with Steve Smith," Harbaugh said.
Head Coach John Harbaugh provided a couple key injury updates Monday afternoon. Forsett went down on the Ravens' final drive of the fourth quarter at the end of a 32-yard catch and run. On Monday, Harbaugh was asked whether Smith legitimately had a shot of playing against the Browns just more than a week after suffering the back injury.
Coach John Harbaugh said Monday he is "hopeful" Steve Smith Sr. The fact that the question is even being asked speaks to the level that Manning's play has fallen, however. West had taken over as Charles' backup leading up to the injury and should get the first crack at replacing the star runner. West is the better pickup of the two, but Davis needs to be added in most leagues as well.
Let’s make it a great week everyone! #MondayMotivation pic.twitter.com/Ikh3 ...
Test skipper Steve Smith believes the emergence of Nic Maddinson as a "mature" player is a huge boon for Australian cricket after his NSW teammate hammered 118 not out in the eight-wicket one-day victory over Tasmania on Monday. NSW skipper Steve Smith strode to the crease the highest run-scorer in the tournament and was dismissed the same way off the very next ball.
Steve Smith's potential shift to No. 4 in the batting order this summer shapes as opening the way for West Australian youngster Cameron Bancroft to debut and face the new ball in the Test opener against New Zealand next month. It is understood the national selectors have yet to settle on where Smith will take guard at the Gabba, but there is support for him to slip back from No. 3 to No. 4 to provide balance and class, particularly against spin bowling.
In a game against a tough secondary and without his two best receivers ( Steve Smith , Sr., Crockett Gillmore ), Joe Flacco played a very good football game. He was mentally sharp, operated and adjusted the offense with confidence, and even scored two rushing touchdowns. Most of all, considering the absent players on both sides of the ball, Flacco was a true leader. The way he steadied the ship and kept his offense on its path against a defense with nothing to lose was impressive.