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Another 50 runs would be a good total: Steven Smith

“Given the situation, we have to defend whatever we make, but if we could grind another 50 runs, I think that would be a good enough first innings total. It is not a Day 1 wicket and it will get tougher to bat as the match progresses.

It gets even more difficult if you are not used to these wickets and conditions,” said Smith, who made the second highest score of the day with 46, at the post-match press conference.

“We all tried our best and tried sticking to our game plan, but sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. It was easier to bat when the ball was new and it gets better if you face more number of deliveries. So we just tried doing that.”

The 23-year-old praised the Indian bowlers, especially the spinners. “The Indian spinners bowled in the right areas and with a good field setting. Every time we play for Australia we want to perform well and do better whether a dead rubber or not. So, the attitude never changes,” he said. — IANSĀ 

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