Steve Smith hopes Australia adapt in Kolkata ODI against India

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 20, 2017

Smith showers praise on the veteran glovesman for playing the finisher's role to perfection.

Australia had India reeling at 87-5 in Chennai before Hardik Pandya struck back with a blazing fifty. The other day it was a shortened game.

Kolkata: As the sun finally came out after two days of overcast skies, the covers partially went off at the Eden Gardens here which is set to host the second One-Day International between India and Australia on Thursday. "(But) we still believe in these guys.

"Yes I've learnt a lot along the way, but there's always so much to learn and get better at". Owing to rain, Australia could only get 21 overs to bat in the second innings.

As a result, the world champions suffered a 26 runs [D/L method] in the first ODI.

"Smith's batting has been outstanding for a long time but his captaincy is challenged now. But I also think his captaincy is now being challenged".

"I think 160 with one new ball would have made things a lot easier".

Former Australia skipper, Michael Clarke, also nodded to his craftsmanship as a batsman.

"I don't think so. But we just weren't able to do so". "Dhoni always batted at No 6 or No 7. He has been a finisher and has a phenomenal record". "I think this (2nd ODI in Kolkata) is the match that will decide the course of the series", Clarke said.

Australia's preparation in the run up to the tour has not been ideal. Obviously we've got Starc, Hazlewood and Finch out as well. The other day, it was more like a T20 game. "It's a good opportunity for guys to put their hands up", the visiting skipper said.

However, Smith remained hopeful of having a full 50-over game at the iconic stadium.

"It was a pretty big game and it was good to get a big score there".

Asked about the wicket on offer for on Thursday's game, Smith said there was a little bit of grass on it.

"My most memorable innings would be the 100 I scored in the SCG in the semifinal against India". It looks all right. Few cracks up and down the wicket but I don't think it will play a big part.

"I had to find the right tempo of the game, whether it's hitting fielders in the deep or knowing the right time to hit a boundary". Chances of rain have not been ruled out by the weathermen. "We will have another look in the morning and decide our team then". No excuses from us.

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