Third Test, Day One highlights, results, latest updates; Steve Smith warning from Ravi Shastri
Indian great and former national coach Ravi Shastri has issued a warning to his team ahead of the second Test against Australia.
With Pat Cummins flying back to Sydney due a family illness, Steve Smith takes over as skipper of the Test team.
Smith – arguably the world’s best batter – has had a tough series so far, with a high score of 37 from four innings.
But his record when captaining the team is phenomenal.
Smith averages 67.73 with the bat from 36 matches as skipper. When captaining in Tests against India he averages a whopping 81.07 in seven matches, including six centuries.
“The responsibility of captaincy seems to bring that different kind of mindset. His concentration levels seem far higher, and you just have to look at his batting average as captain.
“It is outstanding. He is one of those players who thrives on the extra workload of leading the side.
“India will be aware that someone like Smith somewhere down the line in this series will come good.”
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