AUS vs IND: Steve Smith said he did not pressure Ravichandran Ashwin on this series.© AFP
Australian batting mainstay Steve Smith said on Thursday that he was looking to pressure Ravichandran Ashwin after being on the receiving end of the Indian off-spinner in the first two Tests. Smith broke his string of poor scores, played some offensive shots and marched to an unbeaten 31 by the end of the game on the opening day of the third Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia was comfortably 166 for two on stumps of a rain-ridden day, with Marnus Labuschagne joining Smith at 67.
“I’m good, nice to spend some time there, nice to partner with Marnus. I wanted to put a little pressure on him (Ashwin), which I haven’t done this series,” Smith said. the end of the day’s play.
While facing the Indian bowlers, Smith seemed determined to make a statement after his unusual run of low scores in the first two tests of the four-match run.
“I was just trying to hold the grip a bit tighter, I was having a hard time, so I got into good positions today. I was good to get some limits early. Marnus played well, hopefully we will work together well tomorrow,” added the star strike man.
Smith and Labuschagne added 60 runs for the third wicket to help Australia regain some lost ground after the extensive defeat for the visitors in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne.
The series is currently locked at 1-1.
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