Sydney - The Australian one-day side are better equipped to
handle spin in the forthcoming five-match series in India, captain Steve Smith
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
"(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
"It's always a hard-fought contest playing against
India and we're excited by the challenge of playing over here," the
"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
"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."