Cricket

Smith sees no spin threat in India

2017-09-11 09:05
Steve Smith (Getty Images)

Sydney - The Australian one-day side are better equipped to handle spin in the forthcoming five-match series in India, captain Steve Smith has said. 

Earlier this year, spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja shared 46 wickets between them to bowl India to a 2-1 series victory against Australia, who also tasted their maiden test defeat against a spin-heavy Bangladesh last month. 

India have rested Ashwin and Jadeja for the first three ODIs and Smith believes the wickets in the shorter format will not be as helpful to the slower bowlers. 

"I think the one-day group has played spin pretty well for a while. Obviously we are still learning in the test format," Smith said after his arrival in Chennai, which will host the first ODI on Sunday.

"We have come from a challenging tour from Bangladesh. The guys are learning and trying to improve. So, hopefully they can continue to do so. 

"(I am) not sure the one-day wickets will present quite as much spin (as) perhaps some of the Test wickets. But we have to wait and see and adapt to the conditions accordingly." 

Sparks often fly whenever they clashed against India but the Australia skipper was confident the upcoming series will be played in 'good spirit'. 

"It's always a hard-fought contest playing against India and we're excited by the challenge of playing over here," the 28-year-old said. 

"Looking back to the last one-day tour of India, I wasn't on it in 2013, but it was a big run-fest from memory with pretty flat wickets and big totals. 

"We'll see what we're presented with but it could be the same again." 

Smith was hopeful legspinner Adam Zampa will have a big impact on the series with his knowledge of the Indian conditions having played in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament. 

"He has got a pretty good record over the last a year or two," Smith said. "He has got some experience playing in these conditions in IPL. So, we know what to expect from Zampa. 

"And if he gets his opportunity, hopefully he can have some success on this tour." 

Kohli's men have been on a roll in Tests and are just back after subjecting Sri Lanka to a tour whitewash by winning all nine matches there. 

"We have been following the India-Lanka series in bits and pieces," he said. "They are playing some really good cricket. It's a good challenge for us. 

"It' s always tough playing India in India. They are very good ODI side. Just seeing the side they have announced, it looks like a strong side. We are excited by the challenge of the series."

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