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Winning a Test series in India is bigger than the Ashes: Steve Smith

Steve Smith

Australia’s star batter Steve Smith said that winning a series on Indian soil would be “greater” than winning the Ashes. A four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy series between the two ferocious rivals is set to begin on Thursday, February 9.

The Ashes is the longest-running rivalry in cricket between the two arch-rivals Australia and England. It is also one of the most eagerly awaited contests in all over sports.

Smith did, however, acknowledge the difficulty of playing in India and winning when compared to the Ashes.

“It’s a difficult place to win a Test match, let alone a series.” Said Smith.

He further added saying

“If we are able to topple that mountain, that would be huge. I think, if we can win in India, that would be bigger than an Ashes series,”

Smith told in cricket.com.au.

Steve Smith against Team India

Smith is now exuding confidence following a fantastic Big Bash League season for the Sydney Sixers that just ended (BBL). In just five innings, he amassed 346 runs at an average of 86.50, including one half-century and two centuries.

The Australian middle-order Batsman looks all set to take on the Men in Blues as Smith does has a really good record against the host nation. Steve Smith struck Centuries in 4 Straight Tests in Same Series way back in 2014-15 against India and become only the 3rd player to ever do so. 

David Warner, a flashy southpaw, is also in good form, as evidenced by his recent stunning double-century (200 runs) in Australia’s convincing Test victory over South Africa in December.

Warner is likewise in fantastic form, similar to Smith. Given that the team hasn’t won a series on Indian soil since the 2004–05 season, the match versus India will be a tough challenge.

Australia will attempt to overcome the obstacle while considering India’s spin-friendly tracks. Warner expressed his enthusiasm for the tour and desire to compete against the top spinners during the same exchange.

“I’m looking forward to the tour, it’s always a hard graft. One thing that I’m looking forward to is applying myself against the best spinners in the world,”

said Warner.

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