Last Update on: September 24th, 2023 at 03:50 pm
Ace Australian batter Steve Smith believes that the ongoing three-ODI series against India is an ideal preparation for the team ahead of the World Cup 2023. Steve Smith expressed satisfaction with his performance in the series opener and his recovery from a wrist injury.
Steve Smith returned to the team during the tour of India after missing the white-ball series against South Africa. The right-hand batter scored 41 runs off 60 deliveries during the first ODI in Mohali on Friday. However, he failed to convert his start into a big score.
It Was A Challenging Wicket At Mohali – Steve Smith
Speaking ahead of the start of the second ODI against India, Steve Smith emphasized the importance of adapting to different wicket conditions before the World Cup.
“It was a challenging wicket (at Mohali), but it was nice to spend a little bit of time in the middle. I am glad that my wrist is recovered, feeling good. Looking forward to everything that’s coming up,” Smith said.
“It (type of wicket) doesn’t bother me, just play what’s in front of you and with what’s coming up, there’s potential that we are going to play on some wickets like the one we had the other night. It’s good practice for me and the rest of the boys as well,” he added.
Smith is currently leading the team in the second ODI, as regular skipper Pat Cummins has opted out of the match. Cummins played in the first match in Mohali, where he picked up one wicket for 43 runs in his 10-over quota.
I Do Enjoy Batting At Three – Steve Smith
Steve Smith expressed his willingness to bat in various positions, but the number-three spot is ideal for him in ODIs. He acknowledged that Australian players, including himself, have gained experience in India through international matches and the IPL.
“I’ll bat wherever, I do enjoy batting at three, I’ve spent most of my career there in one-day cricket. That’s my favourite spot,” he further added.
(Playing in India) Most of the guys have played a lot of cricket here now whether it be for Australia or in the IPl. They’ve experienced the conditions a fair amount of time, there’s not too many surprises but it’s a wonderful place to play, that’s for sure.”
All-rounders Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis were rested for the second game and replaced by Alex Carey and Josh Hazlewood. Left-arm pacer Spencer Johnson made his ODI debut at the Holkar Stadium on Sunday.