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Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 September 2018

Steve Smith confident Australia will handle Indian spin in upcoming ODI series

Ashwin and Jadeja tore through Australia during the recent Test series but Smith does not envisage a similar scenario in the shorter format.

Steve Smith is confident there will be no trouble between the two teams. Munir Uz Zaman / AFP
Steve Smith is confident there will be no trouble between the two teams. Munir Uz Zaman / AFP

Australia's one-day side are better equipped to handle spin in the forthcoming five-match series in India, captain Steve Smith has said.

Earlier this year, spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja shared 46 wickets between them to bowl India to a 2-1 series victory against Australia, who also tasted their first Test defeat against a spin-heavy Bangladesh last month.

India have rested Ashwin and Jadeja for the first three ODIs and Smith believes the wickets in the shorter format will not be as helpful to the slower bowlers.

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"I think the one-day group has played spin pretty well for a while. Obviously we are still learning in the Test format," Smith said after his arrival in Chennai, which will host the first ODI on Sunday.

"We have come from a challenging tour from Bangladesh. The guys are learning and trying to improve. So hopefully they can continue to do so.

"(I am) not sure the one-day wickets will present quite as much spin (as) perhaps some of the Test wickets. But we have to wait and see and adapt to the conditions accordingly."

Sparks often fly whenever they clashed against India but the Australia captain is confident the upcoming series will be played in "good spirit".

Australia captain Steve Smith will call on the IPL experience of Adam Zampa, right. Manjunath Kiran / AFP
Australia captain Steve Smith will call on the IPL experience of Adam Zampa, right. Manjunath Kiran / AFP

"It's always a hard-fought contest playing against India and we're excited by the challenge of playing over here," Smith, 28, said.

"Looking back to the last one-day tour of India, I wasn't on it in 2013, but it was a big run-fest from memory with pretty flat wickets and big totals. We'll see what we're presented with but it could be the same again."

Smith was hopeful leg-spinner Adam Zampa will have a big impact on the series with his knowledge of the Indian conditions having played in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament.

"He has got a pretty good record over the last a year or two," Smith said. "He has got some experience playing in these conditions in IPL. So, we know what to expect from Zampa.

"And if he gets his opportunity, hopefully he can have some success on this tour."

India captain Virat Kohli has just led his side to a tour whitewash of Sri Lanka. Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters
India captain Virat Kohli has just led his side to a tour whitewash of Sri Lanka. Dinuka Liyanawatte / Reuters

Kohli's men have been on a roll in Tests and are just back after subjecting Sri Lanka to a tour whitewash by winning all nine matches there.

"We have been following the India-Lanka series in bits and pieces," he said. "They are playing some really good cricket. It's a good challenge for us.

"It' s always tough playing India in India. They are very good ODI side. Just seeing the side they have announced, it looks like a strong side. We are excited by the challenge of the series."

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