Adelaide: Australian batting star Steve Smith has no time to think about how India might plot revenge in the second Test here this weekend, but he does have a useful piece of advice for Indian team as both sides prepare to lock horns in the upcoming Boxing Day Test at the iconic MCG on December 26. India went through a massive batting collapse, they slumped their lowest innings score in the opening session of the third day of the day-night first Test against Australia at Adelaide Oval on Saturday(December 19).
India’s batting against Australia on the third day of the pink Test in Adelaide has become a major topic of discussion.
“Look, the other day we just saw some pretty incredible fast bowling. It is probably the best I’ve seen our bowlers bowl collectively for about five years I think,” Smith was quoted as saying to Sony Network.
“The lengths they were hitting were just impeccable. Sometimes that happens, you get a good ball and you nick it. You got to let it go and move on and try and keep yourself in a positive mindset,” the 31-year-old added.
Asked what he feels would be the Indian mindset after such a huge defeat, he said: “Again every individual is different, the way they take their dismissals, how they think about the game after it’s finished. It’s important to keep moving forward, look at yourself individually, what you could have done better.”
“Not thinking too much about India and how they’re going to come back. For us, it’s just about doing the things we need to do well. It’s about just executing what we need to do out in the middle and doing it to the best of our ability,” Smith said.
On Shami’s absence, Smith said India still have some quality bowlers in Navdeep Saini and Mohammed Siraj.
“I think they’re two quality bowlers who can have some good Test careers. Obviously they are missing Ishant (Sharma) as well, which is a big loss for them in terms of experience. The spinners that do well here generally those who get over the top of the ball and beat you with more bounce or in the air as opposed to ones that come around the ball,” he added.
“It’s about finding a way to adapt and that’s what the best players do around the world. I’ll hopefully learn something from that, move forward and play a little bit better in the next game. I like batting at the MCG on those sorts of big occasions. I’d like to try and make the most of them,” he explained further.