IND vs AUS: Australia last toured India in 2017. Even though the team lost the series, most of the runs came from Steve Smith’s bat.
The biggest test series will start from Thursday. As part of the four-match series, India and Australia will face each other in the first match at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium (VCA Stadium) in Nagpur. The spinners of both the teams have put special focus on this series. Since it is only the spinners who decide the team’s victory, they are going to play a key role. But if any team can face the batsmen and spinners, that team will win. Meanwhile, in the tour of India in 2017, Australia’s legendary batsman Steve Smith showed his ability with excellent form. He declared that he is ready to rush in the same form once again.
The first Test will start from February 9 in Nagpur. Both teams reached Nagpur for this. It turns out that the VCA Stadium pitch also helps the spinners. In such a situation, Australia’s batsmen will have to put up a long fight. Thus India’s wait for a series win after 18 years is likely to end.
Smith’s public warning..
Smith declared that he was very prepared for the series. He challenged the Indian team two days before the match. Speaking at a press conference in Nagpur on Tuesday, February 7, Smith declared that he is ready and eager to put on a 2017-like performance.
Australia last toured India in 2017. In this, Smith proved to be the most successful batsman of both the teams. He scored 499 runs with the bat including a century.
Australia lost the series 2-1 but Smith’s form remained intact. Smith scored a stunning century on a terrible turning pitch in the first Test in Pune as Australia stunned India by beating them. That means, this time Smith is trying to cross the 499 figure to help his team win.
How is the Nagpur pitch?
Australia’s success will once again depend on how well Smith’s bat performs in such situations. Smith also faces the spinners head on. Speaking about the Nagpur Stadium pitch, Australia’s vice-captain said, “The wicket is very dry from one end. I think there will be a spin on it. Left-arm spinners in particular bring the ball in for left-handed batsmen. He said that one part was very dry.
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