Smith foresees golden future if Australia win in India

Smith foresees golden future if Australia win in India

The current Australian skipper's scores of 92, 5, 46 and 18 in the final two Tests of that series enhanced his reputation as one of the best players of spin in the world.

Ashwin, however, ended the 56-run partnership as an attacking Mushfiqur danced down the track but couldn't clear Jadeja, who took a running catch at mid-off.

The 16-member squad has been selected for the first two Tests.

"India are playing very well at the moment and are a very settled side". The challenge of slow, turning tracks has exposed a number of shortcomings among Australia's batsmen, who have found their traditional belligerent response to adversity cuts no mustard against spinners of India's quality.

The first match of the four-match rubber will start from February 23 in Pune.

Going back four years, when India beat Australia 4-0, India had similar concerns in the opening department while the rest of the squad looked to be set - a situation eerily similar to now. He is going to be ready for me and we both have to adopt to the situation.

"The advantage of having Sri and Monty was just guiding our batters and bowlers on how to bowl here and how to face the Indian spinners", said Australia coach Darren Lehmann.

The 27-year-old further said that batting in Test cricket is about making good decisions and doing that for long period of time. The guys were able to adopt game plans and try and find the best way to find success here in India. It always gave me confidence and I got a chance to bat with him and have big partnerships.

The Virat Kohli-led Indians, who are on a 19-match unbeaten streak, are scheduled to play four Tests against Australians. Referring to the Aussies' humiliating 3-0 series drubbing in Sri Lanka past year, the former pacer said the team will need to come up with a plan to excel on Indian tracks.

India and Australia have fought some bitter verbal battles - called sledging Down Under - in the past. I think this team has come a long way.

"I think there was a bit of a lapse in body language when they were eight down". "You probably learn more from losing games than you do from winning". We're learning a lot.

"This is going to be a hard tour and I am excited by that challenge". Shami hurt his knee during the Test series against England, while Mishra injured his knee in the third and final Twenty20 worldwide against England in Bangalore on February 1.