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Steve Smith picks the red ball over the pink ball

December 23, 2020

Written By,

Payel Gosh

Steve Smith wants the red-ball tradition to continue in the longest format of the game. Former Australian cricket veteran Shane Warne called for the pink ball to permanently replace the red ball. He felt so because the red ball becomes soft prior to the 25th over and does not do much. Warne added further, stating that the pink ball is much more visible than the red ball.

Steve Smith, however, disagreed with the former Australian legend. Smith stated that one pink-ball match Test series is acceptable. However, he does not want the pink ball to completely overshadow the red ball. If given the opportunity, Smith stated that he wanted the red ball trend to continue forever.

On the 2nd day of the 1st Test of the 2020 Border-Gavaskar trophy, Australia was struggling at 110-7. Australian captain Tim Paine took the matter into his hands. A sensible knock of 73 helped Australia post a total of 191 on the board.

The no 1 ranked ICC Test batsman felt that his captain would feel confident prior to his knock of 73. Tim Paine batted at no 7 for Australia. Steve Smith lauded his captain for batting as per the situation of the team.

India crumbled in the 1st Test, as they suffered an 8 wicket loss at the hands of Australia. On the 3rd day of the 1st Test, the "Men in Blue" were restricted to just 36 runs. This was the lowest Test total in 65 years. Smith felt that the Australian bowlers were superb to manage such a feat against a strong Indian side.

It feels nice to gain an upper hand in the Test Series: Steve Smith

Smith concluded by stating that India has always been a tough opponent to play against. Hence, to take an upper hand in the Test series comes as a confidence booster for the team.

Currently, Australia leads Australia 1-0 in the 2020 Border Gavaskar trophy. The Men in Yellow look completely unstoppable at the moment. Several cricketing pundits feel that Australia might manage a whitewash against the Men in Blue.

Worsening India’s situation will be the absence of Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Virat was India’s best batsman in the 1st Test against Australia. Furthermore, with Shami out of the picture, it will be quite daunting a challenge for the Indian Test side. India will play Australia in the 2nd Test of the 2020 Border Gavaskar trophy on December 26.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh