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We want to grow and get better each and every day: Steve Smith

By Rashmi Nanda -

The Australian captain, Steve Smith said that the second Test win over Pakistan is one of the best wins he's been part of as Australia won by an innings and 18 runs claiming the match midway through the final session with 14 overs left at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

During the press conference after the Test, Steve Smith said that the victory was a memorable one. He said on the victory, "Got to be right up there (in terms of wins).... I said to the boys, cricket is a funny game and anything can happen. The plan this morning was to bat the first 40 minutes, lose no wickets and then put our foot down and get a total to have a crack at the Pakistanis today. We always thought if we can get three or four wickets when we got the ball reversing then we would be in for a show,"

The off-spinner Nathan Lyon, picked up the key wickets of Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq within three deliveries to reduce Pakistan at 63/4 midway through the second session. After these wickets the visitors struggled against the hosts without the support from their senior players.

Smith praised Lyon's final day performance, he said, "A lot of credit has to go to Nathan Lyon, he mixed up his seam... bowled a lot of cross seam which put doubt in the heads of the Pakistani batsmen. He put us in a position for when the ball reversed. Then Starcy did what Starcy does and he was world class. If he keeps bowling like that... that was outstanding. I thought he bowled beautifully. He bowled a good length and he challenges the defence of the Pakistani batsmen consistently and he got the rewards."

When Lyon dismissed in-form Asad Shafiq and Azhar Ali at that time the Aussie skipper was confident for their victory against Pakistan.

He added, "I thought when we broke the Azhar Ali-Shafiq partnership.... the catch Pete (Handscomb) took at bat-pad; we're in for a good show. The ball was starting to tail. It was getting difficult for the batters to start... everything worked to plan. It was one of those days. Pleased that we played in this Test match. Not many times you win when the (opponent's) first innings is 450."

He stated, "I sort of think it (the victory) can (instill) the belief that you are never out of the game. You can pull a win out of your hat from nowhere. It was quite remarkable that we were able to do that today. Hopefully, the guys can take a lot of confidence (from) how we played this week.”

Smith added, "We are still a work in progress.... we are a young team, I'm proud of the boys. To win three Test matches and three one-day internationals has been outstanding. We want a clean sweep and we want to improve. We want to grow and get better each and every day."

The skipper said that the performance during the second Test of the final finale was a great advertisement for the Test cricket that captured some of the attention away from the ongoing Big Bash League.

Steve said on this, "I think it says that Test cricket is alive and well. That was a pretty amazing Test match and a great one to be a part of. A lot of people would have had doubts that this could happen... phenomenal that we could turn it around and give ourselves a chance. I'm really proud."