Ashes: Our best is yet to come, says Australia captain Steve Smith

Updated: Dec 14, 2017, 10:51 IST | PA Sports | Perth

Oz captain warns his team has not unleashed their full weaponry against England; calls for improvement

Australia captain Steve Smith has warned England his Ashes hosts have yet to play to their full potential this winter - despite taking a 2-0 lead to put themselves on course for series victory in Perth. Smith's men are two up with three to play, leaving England in the WACA's last-chance saloon in the final Ashes Test scheduled to take place at venue where the tourists have won just once in almost 50 years. With England embattled too by the drinking escapades which have resulted in a string of unfortunate controversies, many are already predicting Australia are about to inflict another 5-0 whitewash defeat - as they did in two of the previous three Ashes series down under.

Australia captain Steve Smith during a practice session yesterday ahead of the third Ashes Test against England at the WACA in Perth today. The Aussies lead the five-match series 2-0. Pic/getty images
Australia captain Steve Smith during a practice session yesterday ahead of the third Ashes Test against England at the WACA in Perth today. The Aussies lead the five-match series 2-0. Pic/getty images

Smith said: "I wouldn't say we've played our best just yet. We've shown glimpses at times - (but) I thought we were pretty poor in the second innings last week with the bat. "So I think we've got a bit of improving to do - which is always nice, when you're still winning games of cricket." Only in 1978, when Australia were weakened by the call of World Series Cricket on their best players, have England prevailed in Perth. "I hope we can start this game well, and put England under a little bit of pressure. If we could win this game, certainly it would take the wind out of their sails a little bit, and the series is dead and buried," Smith said.

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