Australia’s batting mainstay Steve Smith has sounded an early warning to the Indian bowlers after “finding his hands back” ahead of the upcoming series against Virat Kohli’s team later this month.
Smith had an ordinary season with the bat by his own standards in the recent Indian Premier League 2020, in which he managed just 311 runs from 14 matches at an average of nearly 26 with three half-centuries.
But Smith says he is happy to get his touch back once again after working hard on his batting after returning home from the cash-rich tournament, in which his Rajasthan Royals side crashed out in the league stage.
“The past few days I have found something … I have found my hands which I am extremely excited about. It’s just getting that feel of the bat behind my toe the right way, the way my hands come up the bat.
“But it just hasn’t quite been right until two days ago. I found a little something and everything just clicked in. I had a big smile on my face after training the other day,” Smith told reporters.
The last time India toured Australia in 2018-19, Smith was not part of the national set up as he was serving his year-long ball-tampering ban from international cricket. But the 31-year-old is all set and ready to help the hosts reclaim the Border-Gavaskar trophy from India, who won the Test series 2-1.
Talking about his own form against India, Smith says he doesn’t know if he finds something extra when playing against big teams but only tries to get the best out of himself.
Smith averages over 84 in Tests against India with 1429 runs from 10 matches including 7 hundreds and 3 fifties.
“In big series I try and stand up and get the best out of myself. Whether there is something more inside me that comes out, I’m not sure,” Smith said.
Australia and India are scheduled to play a series of 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 4 Tests in Sydney, Adelaide, Melbourne and Canberra. India’s tour will begin with the ODIs from November 27 while the Tests will be played from December 17.