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Veteran cricket analyst, Mike Atherton has said that he is excited to see how team India will deal with Steve Smith when they travel to Australia later this year. Steve Smith is a modern-day legend of the game of cricket. The right-hander has an average above 60 in Test cricket at the moment. In the last couple of years, Indian skipper, Virat Kohli has emerged as the undisputed champion due to Smith’s ban after the Sandpapergate scandal. Still, Smith’s return has been magnificent, and he announced it in style during the 2019 Ashes.
Smith is a pioneer in making batting look easy in any condition. He has produced results in England, Australia, the sub-continent and almost at all the venues where cricket is played. He is widely regarded as one of the great players of spin in today’s cricket, a rare feat for many players who do not belong to the sub-continent.
Now, Mike Atherton has said that he is excited to see how the India National Cricket Team deals with Steve Smith’s threat when they travel to Australia this year.
Mike Atherton Expresses His Excitement On Team India Tackling Steve Smith
“I’ll be very interested to see what India come up with (against Smith). He (Smith) is a highly unorthodox player, but I enjoy watching and for that reason,” Mike Atherton said in a chat show on Sony Ten’s ‘Pit Stop’.
“I think the game is a better game when you’ve got people who are very unusual in the way that they play,” Mike Atherton added.
Team India To Tour Australia Later This Year
India’s tour will begin with a T20 International match on October 11 at Brisbane. The other two T20I matches will be played on October 14 (Canberra) and October 17 (Adelaide). The four-match Test series begins on December 3 at Brisbane.
India are then scheduled to play a day/night Test from December 11 to 15 in Adelaide. The third and fourth Tests will be held in Melbourne (December 26-30) and Sydney (January 3 to 7). The ODI series is scheduled to begin on January 12 in Perth, followed by matches on January 15 (Melbourne) and January 17 (Sydney).