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Steve Smith advocates defence, David Warner wants to attack in India Test series

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Published Jan 25, 2017, 2:25 pm IST
Updated Jan 25, 2017, 3:29 pm IST
Australia last won a Test Match in India in 2004, the last time they came to India in 2013, the Aussies were annihilated 0-4 by the home side. (Photo: AFP)
 Australia last won a Test Match in India in 2004, the last time they came to India in 2013, the Aussies were annihilated 0-4 by the home side. (Photo: AFP)

Mumbai: Australia last won a Test Match in India in 2004, the last time they came to India in 2013, the Aussies were annihilated 0-4 by the home side.

The cricketing giants are determined to reverse the recent trend, however, the two premier batsmen of the team, skipper Steve Smith and his deputy David Warner seem to be at odds regarding their batting strategy for the India series.

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Smith has expressed that it would be vital for Aussie batsmen to bat long and trust their defence, while Warner, a natural attacking batsman, feels Aussie batters must attack the bowlers.

“I think we have been guilty in the past of saying, ‘A ball is going to have your name on it, so get them before one gets you’. To be honest with you, that's rubbish. I think if your defence is good and you back that, then the one that has got your name on it generally spins past the bat or does too much. So get that out of your mind. Everyone in our team has got the shots, but get yourself in. Things get easier, and then be willing to go big,” Smith was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.

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Meanwhile, Warner said, “I have to keep playing my way and our way as Australian cricketers. Boof (coach Darren Lehmann) is a massive fan of taking the game on and trying to win from every situation. Early on in your innings, you're not going to move your feet as much and they might not hit their lines and lengths straight away. Especially my first six balls, I try and look to hit a boundary instead of trying to leave them.”

Australia will hold a preparation camp in Dubai ahead of the Indian series. India's four match Test series against Australia is set to begin with the first Test in Pune from February 23.

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