Score big in India : Captain Smith’s word for mates

New Delhi : Australia captain Steve Smith has urged the senior players of his side to step up and take more responsibility during the tough India tour ahead and also wants opener David Warner to score a big century like the one Karun Nair smashed against England recently.

Karun Nair had scored an unbeaten 303 in India’s innings and 75-run win against England in the fifth Test of the series. Specifically asked about his expectations from David Warner, who has not made a hundred overseas since 2014, Smith said he must convert a century into a big one.

“It’s pretty important that our senior players step up in those conditions and take control. It’s something we didn’t do overly well in Sri Lanka, and we didn’t get the results that we wanted there. The senior players – myself, Davey, (Mitchell) Starcy, Josh (Hazlewood) and Nathan Lyon – need to step up and really take control,” Smith told ‘ESPNCricinfo’.

“I’m going to do it differently to Davey. You don’t want to get rid of someone’s natural flair and the way they play. But if he gets to a hundred, it might be about knuckling down again and going big, get 200 or 300, like Karun Nair did a few weeks ago. Those are the big scores that set your team up, so just being hungry and willing to keep going and not let up.” Smith said India is a difficult place to tour.

“India play incredibly well in their own backyard, and each individual is going to have to have plans in place. Ashwin and Jadeja have been incredible for a while now. They have got a couple of good quicks who bowl good reverse swing, and their batsmen score big runs,” Smith said.            —PTI

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