Sledg­ing? Go for it, Says Smith

The Economic Times - - Sports: The Great Games -

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.

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