Win In India Can Take You In ‘All Time Greats’ List, Feels Steven Smith
Australia captain Steven Smith feels getting the better of Virat men’s in the four-Test series would take his side in the list of ‘all-time greats’. Training in Dubai ahead of the forthcoming Test series, Smith said his side is keen to march into history books and will do whatever it takes to complete the task.
“If you do well in India, this will give you massive credit. This tour can get you to the status of one of the all-time greats. Yep, if I can have a big series, then we are well on the way to doing well in this series.”
In the quest to change their bad looking equation in sub-continent, Smith said many people have already written them-off, which has now given his side a challenge to overcome all odds. He further added coming out victorious is easier said than done in India, given the hosts recent form in their own backyard.
“A win on this tour would be huge with the the Ashes coming. If there is a tied series, that would be a huge tick for you! Absolutely a huge tick. A lot of people have written us off. We aren’t really thinking of results. We just need to get our processes right. We must compete with showing signs of learning and finding ways to grind out tough situations. If we do these things we will have success, but in reality it’s about following the process and the results look after themselves.”
Regarded as one of the better batsman of spin bowling in Australia, Smith believes he needs to brush up his batting skills to make sure he is at the crease for a long time. Having said that, Smith wasn’t reluctant in admitting he needs to score more than just hundreds in the wake to keep his side in the hunt.
“I generally have been a good player of spin. I have my plans that I stick to and understand what works and what doesn’t. I learnt a bit from Sri Lanka. I just stick to my game plan under pressure. I can’t be content on little hundreds if I got there. It’s about scoring big ones.”
With more than a handful of Aussie greats coming in to help the side with their experience of how to succeed in India, using the crease the well has been the most noted one.
“I think you have to play the way you play and the rest looks after itself. I must use the crease well and change my guards to keep them (Indian bowlers) guessing. I must adapt to different periods of the game and win the big moments.”
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