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It's going to be a very difficult series in India: Steve Smith

By Rashmi Nanda -

After clinching the Test Series against Pakistan on Saturday, the Australian skipper Steve Smith is shifting his focus to the tricky challenges, which is taking his new refurbished team to India in February.

Australia has won four consecutive Tests and three one-day matches over New Zealand under the captaincy of Steve Smith since the lows of being beaten in their home series against South Africa in November 2016.

With the inclusion of young batsmen like Matthew Renshaw and Peter Handcomb, the Aussie team have seemed to be a very much different team but they will face their flash of truth in a gruesome four-match Test series in India, which will start from next month.

Since 2004, the Australian team has not won a Test match and has lost the last seven tests in India but Smith believes that having a fresh bunch of players may well help deal with the scars of past tours to India.

After winning the Sydney Test, Smith told reporters, "It helps in a way (with the new guys), but the guys also haven't experienced the conditions as well which is going to be a tough one too."

The skipper also stated, "It's a completely different place to play; playing on those wickets is nothing like playing here in Australia. Guys will have to adapt quickly and find a way to be successful in those conditions."

In 2013, the Indian team hammered Australia 4-0 and Smith was a member of that team. He said that he was expecting a testing time ahead. He added, “It's going to be a very difficult series going over there.”

Smith said, "We're under no illusions it's going to be tough. We're going to have to play some very good cricket if we want to compete over there.
It's going to be a great challenge and learning curve for this group."

Steve stated, "A few of us have been there before and we know it's difficult to play in their own backyard. They're a very good team. There's obviously going to be a few people added to the squad. We're going to have to play incredibly well over there."

The humiliation at Hobart, where they lost the game by an innings and 80 runs by South Africa turned around Australia's fortunes, claimed Smith.

Steve stated, "It was pretty tough times to be honest. You lose your first two Tests of an Australian summer and you are not in a good place. It wasn't great times but I'm really proud of the way the guys have come in and turned it around since then.”

He added, "I think it was when we all got together as a group and trained for the first time in Adelaide. Straight away I felt a shift in attitude and energy and enthusiasm amongst the group and we were able to put all of that out in the middle and get the performance we were after."