Steve Smith has scored just 10 runs in the series so far with his first-innings 0 in the Boxing Day Test being his first duck against India in international cricket.

Steve Smith’s duck in the 1st innings of the Boxing Day Test was the 1st time he didn’t score vs India in international cricket (AP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Steve Smith has scores of 1, 1 (not out), 0 and 8 in the Test series so far
  • Smith has been dismissed twice by R Ashwin and once by Jasprit Bumrah
  • Smith averages nearly 72 in Tests vs India with 1439 runs from 24 innings in the format

Australia’s batting mainstay Steve Smith has addressed the issue of his rare slump in form in the ongoing Test series against India, saying that he is trying his best to spend time in the middle but is not being able to do that at the moment.

Smith has scored just 10 runs in the series so far with his first-innings duck being the first against India in international cricket. He scored 0 and 8 in both innings of the Boxing Day Test which Australia lost by 8 wickets on Day 4 on Tuesday to lose their 1-0 lead in the four-match series.

“At the moment I’m searching for time in the middle; that’s the most important thing for me. When I look at this year, 64 balls is the longest I’ve spent in the middle, during those one-day games.

“For me, that’s important. I find a lot of rhythm out in the middle. You can bat as much as you want in the nets but there’s nothing that can replicate what a game can do, so that for me is what I’m searching for at the moment.

“That can be tough to do, particularly in a Test match when you’ve got some quality bowlers,” Smith told SEN.

ASHWIN’S NEW BUNNY

Smith also conceded that he has been struggling against India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who has got him out twice in the two matches so far, stating that he has been giving him too much respect as a batsman.

“I probably haven’t played Ashwin as well as I would’ve liked; I probably would’ve liked to have put him under a bit more pressure. I’ve sort of let him dictate terms and that’s something I’ve probably never let any spinner do in my career.

“I’ve sort of taken it to them, been a bit more aggressive and made them change things. I haven’t allowed that to happen, probably because I’m searching for just being out there for long enough.

“It’s kind of a two-edged sword in a way, but I think I’ve just got to have the confidence to take it on and play my game,” Smith said.

Australia got bowled out for 200 in their 2nd innings with a lead of just 69 runs over India, who chased down the target after lunch on Day 4 to level the series 1-1.



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