Beating India on their home turf in a test series is a dream that Australia skipper Steve Smith has and he believes that’s the kind of memory that will inspire the country’s cricketers for generations to come.
India has had a fantastic run in Test matches. The team is currently at the top spot in this format of the game thanks to an unbeaten run in 19 Tests over a 16-month period with victories over South Africa, New Zealand, England and Bangladesh at home, and Sri Lanka and West Indies vanquished in away series.
In stark contrast, Australia has been having one of the worst times as far as test cricket is concerned. The team was thrashed 3-0 in Sri Lanka and then lost the first two Tests of a three-match home series against South Africa before wholesale changes led to a consolation win in Adelaide. The new-look team then swept aside Pakistan at home. Smith believes Australia have learnt from those defeats and are now a much improved side.
“You probably learn more from losing games than you do from winning. So I guess the last year has been a bit of a rollercoaster ride in terms of results,” said Smith a day after arriving in Mumbai. “I think this team has come a long way,” he added.
“Obviously, this is going to be a very difficult tour and I am excited by that challenge. All the guys are really excited about what’s to come in the next six weeks. It’s a great challenge to play here in India,” the skipper said.
“We know that if we can pull something off and win a series here, we will look back in 10-20 years and it will be some of the best times of our lives. It’s a great occasion to play here in India.”