The Australian batsman said that he would be ready to participate in the IPL if the T20 World Cup is postponed.
Steve Smith says the experience of playing more pink balls than India will give Australia a “slight advantage” when the two sides clash in their first day-night Test in December, but admitted that Virat Kohli’s side would allow the batsmen Have to stand up for the challenge.
Cricket Australia confirmed last week that India would be down for the full tour including four Tests, three ODIs and three T20Is. The second test will be a day-night affair, which starts in Adelaide from 11 December.
The former Australia captain said in a Facebook session hosted by Sony Sports India, “We played some more pink-ball games than India, which might have been of little benefit.”
He said, ‘India played very well in the day-night game played in Calcutta. It is a different game but they have definitely got the batting that can stand up to situations when it gets tough with the pink ball. And their bowlers, they stand the seam with quality.
“They are world class players who are capable of adapting to anything, so I consider it an amazing competition,” said Smith, who turned 31 on Tuesday.
India will first take on Australia in the T20 series starting on 11 October and then defend the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with the opening match at Gaba, where the hosts have a superb record.
“Our record in Gabba (Brisbane) against anybody is good to be fair, it is a fort for us. We wanted to play the first Test there for a long time,” he said.
Steve Smith, who has scored 7,227 runs in 73 Tests at an average of 62.84, has also praised Kohli’s manner of chasing in white-ball cricket.
He said, ‘To see the average of wins in ODI cricket. This is unprecedented. He is under pressure and calm. Just works, unfortunately for an opposition player. You were praised for Indian cricket like no other and did what he did.
“I admire Virat very much. He is an amazing player. “
The top-order Test batsman hoped for some solution for the bowlers, who are likely to be affected by the ICC ban on the use of saliva to shine the ball.
“For me, even though I’m a batsman, I still want to see a similar competition between bat and ball. I think that’s really important for the game. You want to see the ball doing nothing, Swings around the world take bowlers out of the game. There needs to be a solution. “
“What is it? I don’t know. I’m sure someone will come up with something and we’ll be able to move forward with our fantastic game and see some quality competition. I don’t know the answer right now.
“I’m sure people are discussing in the background and trying to find the right way forward. Hopefully we can get there sooner rather than later.
He said, “I probably get more changes. But if you can’t put saliva on the ball and make it shine, then I think it’s a loss for bowlers in a way.”
Steve Smith said he would be ready to participate in the IPL if the T20 World Cup in his country is postponed to October-November.
The BCCI is eyeing a window for the IPL during that time if the T20 World Cup is postponed.
Rajasthan Royals captain Smith said he would be open to travel for the IPL if the Australian government feels it is safe.
“I think when you’re playing for your country in a World Cup, that’s the pinnacle for one-day or T20 cricket, so of course I’d love to play in it,” Steve Smith said, training with New South. After returning to said Wales squad on Monday.
“But if it doesn’t happen and the IPL is there, and they postpone it, then so be it. IPL is also a great tournament as a domestic tournament.
“Out of everyone’s control at the moment, the players are only doing what we told them and going to the place where we have to play and play whatever is happening at that time.”