Smith: Not a Day I wicket

New Delhi: Australia's score of 231 for eight at the end of the first day might have given India the edge, but all-rounder Steven Smith feels that another 50 runs to the total could turn the fourth and final Test at the Kotla into an even contest.

It was because of Smith's gritty 46 off 145 balls that helped Australia reach the score and the all-rounder feels it is important that the Aussie tail-enders hang in on the morning of the second day.

Smith also didn't sound too happy with the nature of the track. "That's probably not the Day I wicket that I'm used to playing on. It's broken up a fair bit… It's going to get tougher and tougher to bat throughout this match and 231 at the end of the day is not a bad score.

"Hopefully, we can grind out another 50 or so tomorrow… I think that will be quite competitive as a first-innings score on this wicket," said Smith.

Asked whether Phillip Hughes lost his concentration when an Ishant Sharma delivery hit him on the helmet and it led to his dismissal three balls later, Smith said: "It's possible. It's not too often the first day of a Test match you see a ball going through the top like that and hitting the bloke in the grill.

"I think that probably would have shaken him up a little bit, it definitely would have shaken me up," Smith observed.

Smith said batting against Indian spinners was a tough challenge but one has to apply himself to achieve success.

"With the new ball, the first couple of overs are easier to bat than when the spinners come on with the harder ball… I think that's probably the toughest period. And then, as the ball gets softer it gets a little bit easier.

"I think that's one thing that we've got to take out of this tour, trying to find a way to get in, to face as many balls as you can, and then it does get easier," Smith felt.

Smith was effusive in his praise for the Indian spinners. "It wasn't easy to face them, to be honest, on this wicket. The spinners played a pretty good role. They were very tight and they bowled to their fields.

"So it was pretty tough to score. I can't really say which one of them was the best… Every one of their bowlers bowled really well."


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