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An Indophile among Aussies

DNMUM383393 | 2/17/2017 | Author : Rutvick Mehta | WC :761

Visiting captain Smith has played two Test series against India and each time his career graph has only taken an upward curve. The next few weeks will show whether that trend would continue

Mumbai: After a three-hour long gruelling training session on Wednesday afternoon, only a handful of Australian players turned up for their optional practice session on Thursday morning.
You’d think Steve Smith, the World No. 1 Test batsman coming into the four-match series against India with a bagful of runs, could afford to take a rare day off on an almost 50-day long unrelenting tour.
But up and running was the Australian captain on Thursday, batting with the same focus, intensity and sharpness in the nets as the day before. And for good reason.
If there’s one man in this Australian team who knows the sheer value of doing well in India more than anyone else, it’s Smith.
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