Ahead of the fourth and final red-ball clash of the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy, stand-in captain Steve Smith slammed Australian press over their take on the team selection. His comments came after several news outlets and few former Aussie cricketers opined that the side should stick to their strengths in order to counter the Indian pitch conditions.
“It’s been weird with a bit of the commentary back home, people talking about us playing three quicks and one spinner. It’s kind of mind-boggling to me when we look at these surfaces and we see what we’ve had – 11 innings in six days or something like that. Spinners have taken the bulk of the wickets and you see how difficult it is to play the spin,” Smith told during a press conference ahead of the final Test.
We’ve had faith in what we’re trying to do: Steve Smith
“We’ve had faith in what we’re trying to do and it’s good that we are able to show that we can play with three spinners and win,” added Smith.
Speaking about the results thus far, India have retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a lead of 2-1 in the four-match series. Meanwhile, the Aussies under the leadership of Smith relished a sensational outing in the third Test in Indore to cement their place in the finals of the ICC World Test Championship 2021-23.
Team India require a win in the final Test to make their place in the global red-ball event finale when they play Australia on March 9 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.