Australia suffered a dismal Test match loss in the second Test against India and their performance with the bat has faced a lot of criticism. Steve Smith, usually the man to hold the Aussie batting order has now failed to fire in two successive Tests. Smith, the number one ranked Test batsman in the world has had a rough patch during the Border Gavaskar Series and in the two matches so far, he could only make a mere 10 runs at a disastrous average of 3.33. Ravi Ashwin has now dismissed Steve Smith twice in the series and seems to be getting into the head of the batsman.
“I probably haven’t played Ashwin as well as I would’ve liked. I probably would’ve liked to have put him under a bit more pressure,” Smith was quoted as saying in SEN Radio. “I’ve sort of let him dictate terms and that’s something I’ve probably never let any spinner do in my career. I’ve sort of taken it to them, been a bit more aggressive and made them change things,” he stated.
In the first innings of the Boxing Day Test at MCG, Ravi Ashwin dismissed Steve for a duck as he was caught down leg-side. Ashwin’s happiness knew no bounds, and after the game he was found saying that the management had prepared plans for Steve.
Steve Smith revealed that he wants to forget about the recent misadventures and take time to play a longer innings. He also praised the Indian bowling attack.
“It’s kind of a two-edged sword in a way, but I think I’ve just got to have the confidence to take it on and play my game. At the moment I’m searching for time in the middle; that’s the most important thing for me. When I look at this year, 64 balls is the longest I’ve spent in the middle, during those one-day games,” Smith added.