Di Venuto urges critics to be patient with `young` Ashes battling squad
Sydney: Australian batting coach Michael Di Venuto has said that it is necessary to be patient with the young players following repeated calls to replace the current crop playing in the Ashes series, in which England leads 3-0.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Di Venuto has finally achieved his dreams to be in the Ashes, albeit as a coach, a year after his retirement as an Australian player, to boost the bleak batting stocks battling in the Ashes.
Requesting the critics to be patient with the young players, Di Venuto cited the example of former Test captain Steve Waugh, saying that had they lost patience with Waugh early in his career and removed him from the squad after just a few Tests, then they would have lost one of the legends of the game.
According to Di Venuto, the youngsters are learning on the big stage, in an Ashes series in England and their performance showed that they have not got a lot of Test or domestic experience to fall back on, with the exception of opener Chris Rogers, who has got years of playing experience and have been in similar situations despite lacking Test experience.
The report also said that Di Venuto and head coach Darren Lehmann are working with talented young batsmen who have the core skills but are not yet the full package, and are frustrated to hear calls for the likes of Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith or previously Phillip Hughes, to be moved on for others to get a go.
Di Venuto said that he was not entirely shocked by Australia`s performance after tea on Monday at the fourth Test given that he had finished his career with a stint at Durham and knew the quirks and behavioural patterns at the ground, adding that wickets fall in large amounts if conditions are favourable.
Advising the batsmen to play the ball late and straight, especially on fast wickets or during a spell from a good fast bowler, the former Tasmanian player also said that although the current squad have outstanding skills, they have got to adapt to Test cricket and situations that demand their game does adapt.
Although he agreed that with Australia has gone down from the days of winning 16 Tests in a row, Di Venuto argued that stability, with a return Ashes series on the horizon, is the key to returning back to form.