Steve Smith, the interim captain of Australia, clarified his previous statement regarding the pitch for the upcoming 4th Test match against India, which drew the attention of the Australian media. The Australian team, led by Smith, made a remarkable comeback after two consecutive losses against Rohit Sharma’s Indian team in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
Pat Cummins, the regular captain of the team, decided to stay in Australia due to personal reasons. As a result, Smith, an experienced batter, will lead the team in the final and decisive match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Ahmedabad. Smith spoke to reporters before the match and explained the team’s decision to delay the announcement of their playing XI.
WE DECIDE TEAM COMBINATION AFTER SEEING THE PITCH: SMITH
Smith had told the reporters:
“We’ll have a look (at the pitch on Wednesday) and we’ll reassess, but it could be we name the team at the toss. It’s been weird with a bit of the commentary back home, people talking about us playing three quicks and one spinner. It’s kind of mind-boggling to me when we look at these surfaces and we see what we’ve had – 11 innings in six days or something like that. Spinners have taken the bulk of the wickets and you see how difficult it is to play the spin. It’s kind of odd to hear that kind of commentary. But we’ve had faith in what we’re trying to do and it’s good that we are able to show that we can play with three spinners and win.”
Following his candid evaluation of the Indian pitches during the usual press briefing, Smith clarified on Twitter that his previous comments were misunderstood in advance of the 4th Test match against India.
In the last game of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Steve Smith’s team aims to tie the series 2-2. Recently, they won the third Test match in Indore by 9 wickets, securing their place in the final of the ICC World Test Championship.
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