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Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Steve Smith calls for bravery from Australia batters after huge defeat

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Border Gavaskar Trophy: Steve Smith mentioned that Australia’s batting within the first innings wasn’t up to speed. The Aussies misplaced the opening Test by an innings and 132 runs.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Feb 11, 2023 15:59 IST

BGT: Steve Smith calls for bravery from Australia batters after huge defeat. Courtesy: AP

By India Today Web Desk: Steve Smith admitted that Australia’s efficiency within the first innings of the Nagpur Test wasn’t up to speed particularly when the pitch was pretty good for batting. After opting to bat first, the Aussies have been bowled out for 177 regardless of a second-wicket stand of 82 between Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.

Ravindra Jadeja’s five-wicket haul blew them away. After India took a lead of 223 runs within the first innings, the writing was just about on the partitions for the visiting workforce.

The Aussies had a forgettable outing within the second innings as they have been bowled out for 91 in 32.3 overs. Subsequently, they misplaced the match by an innings and 132 runs and conceded a 0-1 result in their opponents.

Smith reckoned that the Australian batters wanted to make their begins rely going into the remaining three video games of the sequence. He additionally had phrases of reward for Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel for his or her masterful performances.

“Our batting in the first innings wasn’t up to the mark. I don’t think 170 was enough. There weren’t as many demons as there, probably, were today. The few of us who got in and got started didn’t go on with it. We needed to get somewhere around 300 and put pressure on Indian batters,” Smith was quoted as saying to Star Sports.

“Rohit, Jadeja, and Axar all played beautifully, and had good methods for how they went about things,” he said.

Smith was of the opinion that the Australian batters wanted to be braver and extra proactive of their method, particularly whereas batting within the second innings.

“If the wicket is good, particularly in the first innings, that’s where we have to get the bulk of the runs. In the second innings, you have got to be a little braver, and proactive, trying to put pressure back on the bowlers as much as possible.

“When they are able to bowl six balls at a batter, they really enjoy that, they feel like they are in the game. So, it’s necessary to put some pressure back on them. Try and find areas where you can get off strike,” Smith added.

The second Test is scheduled to get underway on Friday, February 17 on the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi.

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sabyasachi chowdhury

Published On:

Feb 11, 2023