Just days before the first Test between India and Australia began at the Adelaide Oval, Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith has accepted that the Australian side could face a problem with the depth in their batting. Just like India, Australia situation also isn’t great with David Warner ruled out for the first Test followed by Joe Burns hasn’t been among the runs which leave Australia with a question about who will actually end up opening for them.
Will Pucovski who had a fabulous record in the domestic competition might also be ruled out from the first match owing to a concussion he suffered off the bowling of Umesh Yadav during the warm-up match between India and Australia A.
Our Batting Depth Will Obviously Be Tested – Steve Smith
Steve Smith spoke to the reporters prior to the start of the Border Gavaskar and has openly admitted that the Australian batting could be tested with David Warner missing from the side, In addition to the new players coming into the side. Smith hopes that the new players who come into the side do their job since an opposition cant be taken lightly.
“I think our depth is obviously going to be tested with Davey out and a few potential new players coming in,” the former captain told reporters. It’ll test us out, no doubt, against a good Indian outfit. They beat us out here last time and they’re a very good side. Whoever is up there and whoever is in the team hopefully we all do our job and can have a successful summer,” Steve Smith added.
When asked about captaining the Australian side, Steve Smith said the current skippers Tim Paine and Aaron Finch are doing a fantastic job which is why he’s comfortable with it right now. Smith was stripped off his captaincy in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
“Right now I think (test captain) Tim (Paine) and Finchy are doing really good jobs,” he said. “I’m comfortable where I’m at right now,” he added.