Australian batting mainstay Steve Smith would be one of the many stars in focus when India visit Australia for a high-voltage four-Test series later this year. As far as the pink-ball Test is concerned scheduled to play in Adelaide, the former Australian captain has his say on the same. Steve Smith wasn’t part of the Aussie side the previous time Virat Kohli’s men visited the land down under and emerged victorious for the first time.
Cricket Australia confirmed last week that the men in blue would visit Australia for four Tests, three ODIs, and three T20Is. The second Test is slated to take place at the Adelaide Oval, starting from the 11th of December under floodlights. The Baggy Greens have played all their day and night Tests on their home soil, having won all of them.
Steve Smith feels that having played more games using pink-ball, Australia will hold a slight advantage over the visitors. The number one Test batsman went on to say appreciate the performance of India in the day and night Test last year in Kolkata, acknowledging that they have the overall quality to withstand pressure.
“We played a few more pink ball games, perhaps than India which might be a slight advantage. India played pretty well in the day-night game they played at Kolkata,” Smith said in a Facebook session with Sony Sports India.
“It’s a different game but they certainly got the batters that can stand up to the conditions when it gets tough with the Pink Ball. And their bowlers, they stand the seam up with quality. They are world-class players who are able to adapt to anything, so I see it being a pretty amazing contest.” Smith added.
That is a fortress for us: Steve Smith
The 31-year old is thoroughly looking forward to playing at the Gabba in Brisbane, which will host the Border-Gavaskar series opener. The tour starts with the T20I series before India travel to Brisbane to defend the coveted trophy.
Smith boasted of having a superior record at the venue and craved to play their first Test for a long time in Brisbane. The hosts haven’t lost a Test in Gabba since 1988 with West Indies being the side to beat them.
“Our record at Gabba (Brisbane) against anyone, is good to be fair, that is a fortress for us, we wanted to play the first Test there for a long period of time.” the New South Wales batsman added.