Steve Smith

Australian skipper Steve Smith admitted that India will be the toughest team to beat in the upcoming World T20.

Before leaving Australia for the South Africa tour for T20I series, Smith told reporters at Sydney airport, “On any given day in T20 cricket any side can be dangerous; an individual can take a game away from you. (But) I think India in Indian conditions are going to be very tough to beat. They’re a very good side as we saw out here in the three Twenty20s we played in Australia so I think they’re going to be right up there.”

Smith is excited about the World T20 though he also knows that it will be going very tough. The WT20 will be held in India from 8th March to 3rd April. He said, “It’s one that’s eluded us, the T20 World Cup, and it would be great to win that trophy, that’s our goal. It’s going to be a tough tour in India, in conditions that are foreign to us. But it’s really exciting and I think we’ve got the squad to give that tournament a real shake.”

The world champion in ODI and recently no.1 Test team Australia has never won World T20. In 2010 WT20, they were much closer as they went into the final but they suffered a loss in the final against England.

Smith said about his team batting line up for 2016 WT20, “I’m not really sure of the makeup of our top three or four yet, obviously, there’s a lot of guys who that fill those position. We’ve got three games to have a look at that before the World Cup. We’ve got some very destructive and talented batters up the top of the order that we can choose from.”

Smith said all four injury concerns – Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, James Faulkner and Nathan Coulter-Nile- were recovering well.

Australia will begin their journey in 2016 WT20 against New Zealand in Dharamsala on 18th March.


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