Former Australian captain Steve Smith has revealed that he did not participate in his side’s non-declaration on day four of the fourth test against India.
While current captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer have always maintained that Smith’s lawyer is well-liked, after being sacked as the skipper for “ Sandpapergate, ” the superstar drummer said he didn’t had no say in a monumental decision that could decide the Border-Gavaskar series. .
There have been criticisms that Australia’s non-declaration was conservative, beating 327 points with inclement weather around Brisbane; the rain stopped play twice in India’s second inning, 0-4.
“I’m not too sure I wasn’t involved in these conversations,” Smith told reporters of Australia’s decision, while saying the Australians had a good chance of securing the victory.
“I think the wicket is definitely different than it is in Sydney. There is a bit more going on here.
“We saw a few bullets hoot today, a couple stayed a bit low, [and] a couple came out of the cracks, which still plays on the batters’ minds. So for us it’s about touching really good areas and being kind and patient.
“There is a nice crack outside the right-hander stump that [Nathan Lyon] will probably be looking to aim, I guess that’s a nice line. If it hits the right areas consistently [Tuesday], there is certainly no reason why he cannot create chances on a day five wicket.
“It’s hard to know. Obviously with the rain coming, we are definitely not meteorologists and don’t know it’s coming, so you have to play the game as you see it too.
“I think the game is in a good place for us. The wicket started playing a few rounds today, a few balls exploded. So [Tuesday], I think it will just be a matter of bowling in good areas and letting the natural variation of the day five wicket do its job and hopefully we can keep the odds.
“The Indian players hit well. In Sydney we played 130 overs – obviously a different wicket than that. [Brisbane] – but for us, it’s just a matter of being patient, not looking too hard, playing in the right places and letting it happen.
“I think the more you go looking for it on those kinds of tracks, then you probably won’t get the rewards. So it’s about hitting the right areas consistently and letting the natural variation of the wicket take its course. “