Steve Smith is keen on winning the one-day series in India as clearly said that nothing means to more to him that beating Virat Kohli’s men in their backyard. Australian selection committee has clearly picked young talent for the tour keeping in view of important Ashes series in the month of November.
Australia did suffer a major blip having lost the first test against Bangladesh at Mirpur but came back strongly to win the next one at Dhaka to level the series. Smith and co. have arrived in Chennai as the side will play their first game of the five-match one day series on 17th September against India. The five match series will be followed by three-match T20 series to conclude the tour.
Aussies have tasted defeat at hands of India earlier in this year in the Test arena as they failed to retain Border Gavaskar Trophy. Smith looked unfazed about the prospect of facing spinners in this series. Spin has turned out to be major Achilles for Australia in recent times in sub-continent but Smith will be keen to address the problem with a win on Indian shores this time around.
Smith will be relieved given that the series won’t be feature best spinners in Ravendra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin who have looked off-color in the format in recent times. Australian Skipper stated that his one day side are much better in handling spin and are still on a learning curve as a side in Test arena. He said playing under conditions is turning out to be a challenge for young Australian players like Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb.
The four-match Test series played between India and Australia provided plenty of verbal’s and heated exchanges between the sides. Smith said that they will look to do the talking with their play rather sledging at the Indian players. Australian management has taken some good steps in helping their batsmen adapt to spinning conditions. They appointed Sridharan Sriram as bowling consultant to give valuable tips for batsmen to handle the spin in subcontinent conditions.
Smith also lauded the role of Sriram since being involved in the Australian setup. He said that former Indian spinner has really helped the players as to how to deal with different spin conditions prevalent in the countries like India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. He said that he expects plenty of good batting surfaces in the one day series and believes spin might not play such a huge factor in the series.