Australian batsman Steve smith Said on Thursday that he was trying to pressure Ravichandran Ashwin as the Indian off-spinner troubled him with his bowling in the first two Tests and was dismissed twice. Smith could not score runs in the first two Tests but he scored 31 runs on the opening day of the third Test playing some aggressive shots at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
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After the first day’s play ended, Smith said, “It feels good to spend a little time at the crease, it was good to partner with Marnes.” I wanted to bring him (Ashwin) under a little pressure which I have not done in this series yet.
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Facing the Indian bowlers, Smith was full of confidence while batting, saying, “I was trying to maintain a bit of strength on the grip that I am battling, so I could score runs today.” I initially hit some fours. Marnes played well, hope we will continue to bat well tomorrow. Both teams are still 1-1 in the series.
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