India vs. Australia: Smith & Co. ready for the challenge


There is a sense of serenity about Steve Smith; both at the crease and while interacting with the media. You gaze into his eyes and you can see that immense focus.

His demeanor is rooted in belief — in his immense batting prowess and leadership qualities. And his confidence stems from success on the arena; he is a ruthless accumulator of runs with his own unique style and shows the way for his men.

When handling tough questions, his response is measured with his visage giving away little.

Smith comprehends the ODI and Twenty20 campaign in India will be hard and said here on Sunday, “They are very good ODI sides. Just seeing the team they have announced, it looks like a strong side.”

The Test series between the two teams in India was both engrossing and acrimonious. Tempers flared up, umpires had to intervene and the match referee got busy.

Smith expects the limited-over series to be quieter. He said, “I think it will be played in good spirit.”

Smith indicated that flat tracks and big totals were on the cards. On the threat from the spinners — Australian collapses are common these days once he and David Warner depart — he said, “I am not sure the one-day wickets will provide as much turn as the Test pitches. We have to adapt. We have players who are learning and improving.”

In a series where the stakes are high and performances will be noticed, Smith and his men are up for the challenge.


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