India vs Australia: Steve Smith warns teammates hosts will 'come back hard at them' in 2nd Test

AFP, Feb, 26 2017

Pune: Australia skipper Steve Smith has warned his players against complacency and expects India to come back hard after the hosts' crushing defeat in the first Test in Pune.

The tourists on Saturday demolished India by 333 runs inside three days to take a 1-0 lead in the four-Test series with left-arm spinner Steve O'Keefe the unlikely hero.

O'Keefe claimed a match haul of 12 wickets to help skittle out India for 105 and 107.

Australia skipper Steve Smith led with the bat in Pune, scoring an impressive 109 in the second innings. AFP

Australia skipper Steve Smith led with the bat in Pune, scoring an impressive 109 in the second innings. AFP

Set a world-record fourth innings target of 441, the world's number one Test side folded in just over a session to enable Australia register their first win in India since 2004.

Second-ranked Australia also ended India's unbeaten streak of 19 Tests stretching back to August 2015, but Smith still believes the tourists have a long way to go to secure the four-match series.

"It's certainly going to be a difficult next three Test matches. India are a quality side in their own backyard and they are going to come back hard at us," said Smith.

"For us it's continuing to worry about the processes and if we do that for long periods hopefully we can have more success on this tour."

Smith expressed satisfaction with his team's ability to learn from past mistakes after coming into the series on the back of nine Test losses in Asia.

"We probably kept the foot on the throat (in Pune). When we got ourselves in the positions to win in Sri Lanka, we let the opposition get back into the game," said Smith, whose side were whitewashed by Sri Lanka 3-0 last year.

"In this Test, we didn't let India back in the game after the first innings. So that it's pleasing we're learning and trying to improve in different ways," he said.

Australian batsmen also stood up to India's spin threat on a viciously turning track.

Matt Renshaw's 68 and Michell Starc's 61 showed grit in the first innings of 260 and Smith led by example with 109, his first century in India, to guide the second innings to 285.

"We know as batters the longer you are out in the middle, things get easier.

"The plans the guys had in this Test match were really good and I hope we keep them going," said Smith.

India skipper Virat Kohli also vowed to bounce back as the teams head to Bengaluru for the second Test starting 4 March.

"We just want to take the learnings forward, improve and come back stronger in the next game," said Kohli after the bruising loss.

"I can assure you that we are going to come back with more intent for sure and put Australia under pressure straight from ball one," he said.

Published Date: Feb 26, 2017 | Updated Date: Feb 26, 2017



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1 India 4493 125
2 South Africa 3395 110
3 England 4097 105
4 Australia 3087 100
5 New Zealand 3114 97
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2 Australia 5505 117
3 India 4717 115
4 England 5645 113
5 New Zealand 5123 111
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1 New Zealand 1625 125
2 England 1962 123
3 Pakistan 2417 121
4 West Indies 2222 117
5 India 2183 115