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Ashes Australia's Steve Smith defies calls for more defensive mindset

Australia's captain-in-waiting Steve Smith has promised to maintain his attacking mentality despite having struggled in the last two Ashes Tests.

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Australia's captain-in-waiting Steve Smith has promised to maintain his attacking mentality despite having struggled in the last two Ashes Tests.

After leading Australia to victory in the second Test at Lord's with 215 in the first innings - his sixth century in eight matches - Smith failed to reach double figures at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge.

England trapped Smith with his own positivity in the second innings in Nottingham last week, with the 26-year-old slicing a wide ball off Stuart Broad's bowling to Ben Stokes at short point.

With outgoing skipper Michael Clarke having been criticised for getting out chasing a similarly wide delivery in Australia's first innings collapse, Smith was asked on Monday about a potential change in mentality going forward.

He was not interested.

"If you get a loose ball, you have to hit it," Smith said.

"I hit two half-volleys for four and the one that I got out to in the second innings was pretty much the same.

"It was there to hit for four, I just didn't execute it well.

"My weight was a bit back, looking back at it, and that's something I'm trying to work on with my technique " to get my weight going forward.

"It's something that is pretty crucial here in England on the slower wickets as well."

Despite his insistence that he will remain an attacking batsman, Smith at least indicated he had learnt something from Australia's diabolical performance at Trent Bridge.

"The way they [England] have bowled has been really good," he said.

"They make you earn your runs, they might not have the most attacking fields all the time but the lengths they bowl are really tough for these conditions.

"They really make you work for your runs and for me, I think the learnings [from this series] are just about trying to get yourself in " be really patient at the start of your innings, be really watchful and try and play the ball under your eyes.

"In Australia we're taught to play out in front a little bit more than here, so you have to really wait for the ball here in England."

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