Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith does not have time to think of a plan for India’s revenge in the second Test, but he has advised the visiting team, who suffered a loss in the first Test, to go ahead with the defeat. The Australian trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood put India to their lowest Test score of 36 in the first day-night Test here, having one of the best fast bowling performances of recent times.
Australia won the first Test by eight wickets and now the second Test of the series will be played in Melbourne from 26 December. Smith said, ‘Look, we saw great fast bowling that day. This is probably the best performance of our bowlers in the last five years collectively. He said, ‘They were bowling with great length. Sometimes when this happens you get a good ball and it takes the edge of your bat and the fielder catches it …. You have to forget it and move forward and keep yourself in a positive mindset. ‘
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Asked about what he thinks about the mentality of the Indian team after the crushing defeat, Smith said, “Every player is different, how do they see the way they get out, after the match is over they will What I think is different. He said, “It is important that we move forward, players look at themselves in person, see what they can do better.”
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Fracture on the wrist of star fast bowler Mohammed Shami has given India a double whammy as skipper Virat Kohli will also miss the final three Tests due to paternity leave. Smith said, “I am not thinking too much about India and not about how they will come back.” For us it is just a matter of what we need to correct. Smith said that despite Shami’s absence, India have good bowlers in the form of Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj.
He said, ‘I think he is a two-tier bowler whose Test career can be good. Of course, he is also missing Ishant Sharma, which is a big loss for him in terms of experience. Smith became the victim of Ravichandran Ashwin after scoring one run in the first Test and the star batsman said that he has learned a lesson.