Cricket

Steve Smith looking forward to India's tour of Australia, says series will be 'incredibly special'

  • Press Trust of India
  • June 20th, 2020
  • 19:35:06 IST

Star batsman Steve Smith is looking forward to India's tour of Australia, saying he can't wait to play in the much-anticipated series which will be "incredibly special".

India will tour Australia for three ODIs, four Tests and three T20Is between October this year and January, 2021.

File image of Australia batsman and former captain Steve Smith. AP

File image of Australia batsman and former captain Steve Smith. AP

"They are an amazing side and can't wait to play them when they come out to Australia this year, will be something incredibly special," Smith was quoted as saying in Star Sports show 'Cricket Connected'.

India's tour will begin with a T20 International match on 11 October at Brisbane. The other two T20I matches will be played on 14 October (Canberra) and 17 October (Adelaide).

The four-match Test series begins on 3 December at Brisbane. India are then scheduled to play a day/night Test from 11 to 15 December in Adelaide. The third and fourth Tests will be held in Melbourne (26-30 December) and Sydney (3 to 7 January).

The ODI series is scheduled to begin on 12 January in Perth, followed by matches on 15 January (Melbourne) and 17 January (Sydney).

Smith also spoke about his friendship with India captain Virat Kohli, describing him a "terrific guy".

"I had few conversations with him (Virat) off the field, few messages here and there in recent times just to see how things are going in India. He is a terrific guy and we both play hard out on the field and play as well for our respective teams and its part of the game," said the former skipper.

During last year's ODI World Cup, Kohli had asked the Indian fans at the Oval to applaud Smith and not boo him, a gesture which earned the Indian captain the prestigious ICC Spirit of Cricket award.

Recalling the incident, Smith said he appreciated Kohli's gesture.

"Virat's gesture in the World Cup to the Indian fans that were giving me (Smith) and David Warner little bit of a stick, I appreciated that and I share that with him straight up," he said.

"He is a terrific guy and the way he has led the Indian team has been amazing."

Smith and Warner faced the wrath of fans worldwide for their respective roles in the ball-tampering scandal that rocked Australian cricket in 2018. The duo were banned for one year by Cricket Australia for the incident.

Updated Date: June 20, 2020 19:35:06 IST

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