In­dia will be tough to beat at World T20: Steve Smith

The Pak Banker - - MARKETS/SPORTS -

Aus­tralia skip­per Steve Smith is de­ter­mined to se­cure the one ma­jor in­ter­na­tional cricket tro­phy his coun­try has never won but thinks In­dia are go­ing to be tough to beat when they host the World Twenty20 next month.

The Aus­tralia squad, world cham­pi­ons in ODI cricket and num­ber one in the Test world rank­ings, flew to South Africa on Sun­day morn­ing to pre­pare for the March 8-April 3 tour­na­ment. Their best re­sult in the five pre­vi­ous ver­sions came when they reached the 2010 fi­nal, how­ever, a 3-0 drub­bing by In­dia in a re­cent Twenty20 se­ries has given them plenty of food for thought.

"On any given day in T20 cricket any side can be dan­ger­ous, an in­di­vid­ual can take a game away from you," Smith told re­porters at Syd­ney air­port. "(But) I think In­dia in In­dian con­di­tions are go­ing to be very tough to beat. They're a very good side as we saw out here in the three Twen­ty20s we played in Aus­tralia so I think they're go­ing to be right up there."

No Aus­tralian cricket cap­tain goes into a tour­na­ment or se­ries be­liev­ing vic­tory is im­pos­si­ble, though, and Smith is no ex­cep­tion. "It's one that's al­luded us, the T20 World Cup, and it would be great to win that tro­phy, that's our goal," Smith added. "It's go­ing to be a tough tour in In­dia, in con­di­tions that are for­eign to us. But it's re­ally ex­cit­ing and I think we've got the squad to give that tour­na­ment a real shake."

De­prived of the ad­van­tage that their pace bowl­ing brings them on home soil, Aus­tralia will look more to the bat­ting line-up to make the dif­fer­ence in In­dia - even if Smith is not yet sure how it will look. "I'm not re­ally sure of the make up of our top three or four yet, ob­vi­ously, there's a lot guys who that fill those po­si­tion," Smith said. "We've got three games to have a look at that be­fore the World Cup. We've got some very de­struc­tive and tal­ented bat­ters up the top of the or­der that we can choose from."

Smith said all four in­jury con­cerns - Aaron Finch, Shane Wat­son, James Faulkner and Nathan Coul­ter-Nile - were "track­ing well" and should be in con­tention to fea­ture in the three matches in South Africa. Aus­tralia get their World T20 cam­paign un­der­way against New Zealand in Dharam­sala on March 18.

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