India vs Australia 2017: Former Australia Players Wish Steve Smith Luck Ahead Of Dharamsala Test
With Australian team standing on the cusp of registering a historic Test series win in India, former Australia batsman Simon Katich has wished Steve Smith’s men good luck ahead of the fourth and final Test in Dharamsala.
Barring the 2-1 win in the 2004 Test series, the team from Down Under has failed to win any other Test series in the Indian subcontinent. In fact, they have endured a horrid time in India since the 2004 series win. Out of the 10 Tests, they played in India prior to this series, they lost eight while the other two ended in a draw. The duck was finally broken in the first game of this series when they thrashed Virat Kohli’s men by a massive 333 runs.
Katich, who was a part of the Australian team that won the series against the Sourav Ganguly-led side in 2004, spoke to the Australian players during the second Test in Bengaluru, where he was working as a commentator for ABC Radio. The former batsman has since returned home, but he made contact with skipper Smith on Friday (March 24).
Steve Smith, in his pre-match conference, revealed the message from Katich.
“Simon Katich sent me an email overnight and said it’s great what you guys have done so far through this series, keep doing the same things and good luck in Dharmasala,” Smith said.
Australia will be brimming with confidence after salvaging a draw in the penultimate Test in Ranchi. Shaun Marsh and Peter Handscomb played out of their skins to salvage a draw and the visitors would be backing themselves to create history in friendly conditions of Dharamsala.
“It was great to hear from Simon.The stage is really set. It is an exciting time for this team. For me, it is not worrying about the end game and the result.
“It is about continuing to concentrate on our processes and making sure we do those really well,” he added.
Former Aussie wicketkeeper-batsman Adam Gilchrist, who too was a part of the victorious Australian team, also praised the current team before adding that Steve Smith’s men would not be satisfied with a draw after performing so brilliantly in the series.
“The nation should be very proud of their efforts. But knowing Test cricketers, Darren Lehmann and Steve Smith the way I do, none of those players are going to be satisfied,” Gilchrist told Reuters.
“They’ll be so hungry to try to get the job done in this last game. And they’re a chance, a definite chance,” he added.
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