Published: Wed, February 15, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Defence would be 'incredibly important' for us in India: Smith

Defence would be 'incredibly important' for us in India: Smith

"What he is doing is quite incredible", Waugh has been quoted as saying to the Indian media on Tuesday (Feb 14). I think he is the player we have to overcome. Look, he has to first sort out Ashwin but he is that sort of player who is not anxious about reputations, doesn't get nervous and bats himself. If Aussies can do that then we will have a chance. The guys need to stay calm under pressure.

Heaping praise on the Indian off-spinner, Waugh said: "The way he is playing at the moment, he is going to break a number of records". Ashwin's statistics are just mindboggling.

Mumbai: Australian skipper Steve Smith has asserted that his team won't shy away from sledging and verbal battle in the upcoming four-match Test series against India beginning February 23 at Pune. They are very settled side and everyone is confident in their roles and knows his job. They relish the challenge of playing against the best players in the world, and India have some incredibly good batters.

Now playing his 45th Test, the 30-year-old has bettered Lillee's 1981 mark by three matches.

"Virat Kohli's leadership is also very contagious. They have some match-winners in the team and I think Sourav is a bit optimistic. anything can happen", Waugh was quoted as saying in Hindustan Times.

"I think that's an important aspect of the captaincy here in India". Ranchi and Dharamsala will be the new centres and Waugh says Australia must not leave it for the last in venues that are largely unknown.

Smith's team trained and practised in simulated "Indian conditions" at the ICC Global Cricket Academy at Dubai for about ten days before arriving here on Monday evening.

India will play the same seam attack in Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Umesh Yadav. Closing the game is very crucial. Looking at the anticipation, one be can be rest assured that this is likely going to be one hell of a four-match Test series. After Wriddhiman Saha's brilliant comeback performance against Bangladesh, he consolidates his place in the squad, with no place for Parthiv Patel.

When you go to India, you need to be positive. "Sourav's been a bit optimistic there".

Australia's two most recent Asian efforts, in Sri Lanka and also in the UAE against Pakistan in 2014, were characterised by an apparent lack of understanding for the right tempo required to excel in such climes. I really don't know what the reasons to lose overseas are. It is a global game. There is really no excuse to do that what with neutral umpires and decision reviews. May be it is a mind thing.

"Everyone's form overseas has been dismal and there is no reason for that".

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