Steve Smith: Australia’s depth will be tested without Warner in the first Test

Steve Smith

Both the teams could not be separated after some feisty white ball-cricket. While the hosts ran rampant, winning the ODI series 2-1, it was India who had the last laugh in the T20I series, winning it by the same margin. Right, on to the most exciting part of the tour now: The Border Gavaskar Trophy.

The gruelling Test series between the two nations will kick off with the Day/Night Test in Adelaide on December 17th. Both India and Australia will be missing out on a few players due to injuries and other reasons. It was earlier confirmed that David Warner is in no position to take part in the opening Test in Adelaide and instead, is eyeing for a return in the Boxing Day Test.

Warner had injured his groin while fielding in the second ODI and missed out on the remaining limited-overs games. After missing out the last time India visited Australia for a Test series, Steve Smith will be in contention for all the matches this time around. In this format of the sport, Smith needs little introduction. Joe Burns has been struggling to get going while Will Pucovski might have a mild concussion. This might need Australia to field a new opening pair for the first Test and Steve thinks the side’s depth will be thoroughly tested.

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“I think our depth is obviously going to be tested with Davey out and a few potential new players coming in. It’ll test us out no doubt against a good Indian outfit,” Steve Smith said during a virtual media interaction ahead of the series.

Speaking about his own batting position, he said that he’d be happy to bat anywhere in the top four. He was in great form in the ODI series, batting at number three and even scored a couple of centuries in the first two matches.

“That (batting position) doesn’t bother me too much. I’ve batted a fair bit at No.3. Any lower than 4 I wouldn’t be overly happy. Anywhere up there I’m fine. When you bat at 3 you sometimes in the second ball of the game, that’s the reality of batting there so, someone at 3 could certainly go up the top. Whether that’s spoken about I’m not sure, but whoever bats wherever they’ve just got to do their job and that’s to score runs,” he added.

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