Will not shy away from verbal battle: Oz skipper Smith

Australian skipper Steve Smith has asserted that his team won’t shy away from sledging and verbal battle in the upcoming four-match Test series against India beginning February 23 at Pune.

“If they are going to get into a battle verbally, if it gets the best out of them, then go for it. It’s all about us making sure that we are in the right mindset to succeed and if the guys want to get into those kinds of battles then go for it,” Smith told the reporters on Tuesday.

“In the end it’s about us playing on skill and making sure that our skills are in the best place for us to succeed in these conditions,” he added.

Earlier, former Australian batsman Michael Hussey had said that Virat Kohli will be Australia’s “public enemy number one” during the upcoming Test series against India. He, however, had advised Smith and Co., not to sledge him as it would bring the best out of the Indian captain.

The first Test in Pune (February 23-27) would be followed by games in Bengaluru (March 4-8), Ranchi (March 16-20) and Dharamsala (March 25-29).

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