Sledging? Go for it, Says Smith
Australian captain Steve Smith raised the temperature on Tuesday ahead of the first Test against India, calling on his players to “go for it” with the verbal volleys and on-field aggression. India-Australia series are notoriously feisty affairs — the 2008 contest Down Under was almost called off following the infamous “Monkeygate” incident as animosity between the old foes threatened to boil over. But the day after his team landed, Smith urged his players to do whatever it takes for Australia to win their first Test in India since 2004 when the sides clash on February 23 in Pune. “I think each of our individuals play the way they play and if they want to get into a battle verbally then, if that gets the best out of them, go for it,” he said.