New Delhi: Australia had sparked debate in the last two Tests by describing the pitches as rank turners. The third Test will be played in Indore from 1 March. Australia’s acting captain Steve Smith has given a statement about the pitch here. Smith expects the Indore pitch to be another turner pitch. Smith said in the pre-match media conference – it is similar to the last two Tests. It is quite dry at both ends from six meters down. I dare say it will take some spin as the game progresses. I don’t know how long it will take to start. We will wait for it.
Cameron Green and Mitchell Starc available
Australia’s stormy bowler Mitchell Starc will play for the first time in this series. Cameron Green is also expected to feature in the playing XI after recovering from a finger injury. smith Said, “With Green and Starc fit, we will have a chance to go in any direction. We have some options.” Smith will captain Australia in the absence of Pat Cummins. Cummins has returned home to look after his ailing mother. Starc said- “So far in this series things have not gone according to plan. We put ourselves in some good positions but haven’t been able to take advantage of them. Hopefully we can fix it this week.”
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There were plenty of lessons learnt from the Delhi Test, says stand-in skipper Steve Smith #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/DnTtuTIMmr
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) February 28, 2023
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Will work on sweep shot
In the second Test, half the team was dismissed due to sweep shots. However, the stand-in-captain backed the batsmen to stick to the sweep. He said- “Delhi was a tough place to play sweeps with a lot of bounce. Some of us drifted away from our plans. It was disappointing.” “Sweep is a very productive shot for some players. He has to stick to it 100 percent. If they are going to play it, they have to commit 100 per cent.” Already trailing 0-2 in the four-match series, Australia will look to avoid the mistakes of the last two Tests against a formidable Indian spin attack in the third Test starting on Wednesday. The WTC final between the two teams is also at stake.
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