Steve Smith believe Australia will face an uphill task against an upbeat Indian team
By SMCS - Sep 11, 2017 5:42 pm
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Steve Smith

Australia is ranked second in the ICC ODI rankings whereas India is ranked third. But that has nothing to do with recent occurrences. Australia has managed to level up the series against Bangladesh and their flaws to play against spin has come forward. Whereas India looks confident after a 9-0 whitewash against Sri Lanka.

The teams are set to play a limited-overs series against each other comprising of five ODIs and three T20I. Whenever the two giants clash, fans witness some epic banter on the field and no doubt this time it would be no different. Fans are excited to witness some epic clashes on the field.

“I think it will be played in good spirit. It’s always a hard contest playing in India. We are excited by the challenge of playing over here,” speaking about the upcoming challenge, Smith was quoted as saying by ANI.

When asked about handling the deadly Indian spin, Smith said, “It’s a completely different format to Test cricket. I think Axar Patel has done pretty well. Chahal is there in the squad and Kuldeep Yadav who is a good bowler. So, they certainly have got some really good spin options. We have got to play them well throughout the series.”

Last time the Aussies toured India they suffered a 2-3 series loss in the limited over game. It will be interesting to see how Australia tackles the spin attack in the sub continent pitch and how India reverts back being high on confidence.

They have made use of former India cricketer Sridharan Sriram as a spin batting and bowling consultant for tackling things. Commenting on that he said that Sriram has been a good choice for the Aussies

“Sri has been really good. He’s got some great knowledge on how to play in these conditions and helps a lot of particularly, spinners in understanding how to bowl in these conditions, probably more for longer formats than the shorter formats. The wickets generally don’t offer quite as much spin as Test wickets so. He still has a great knowledge of lot of grounds in India, the nature of the wickets. He’s been really good for this team,” said the captain.

They will play the first ODI in 17th September at Chennai. The following ODI fixtures will be played in Kolkata, Indore, Bangalore, and Nagpur respectively.