“First of all, is the fact that he can bowl 150 kmph.
That’s a good start. But with that, you’ve also got to have some skills to take wickets, particularly on slow wickets.
He’s a very good reverse bowler, he controls the ball really well. So that’s a great starting point for a fast bowling spearhead in the sub-continent conditions, where the wickets aren’t quick and you can’t bounce guys out,” he said.
“You have to have other plans, and getting the ball to shift in the air is a big weapon for fast bowlers. When the ball is shifting, he is one of the bets going around.”
Smith said he had learnt a lot in the art of captaincy in Sri Lanka last year when Australia lost 0-3.
“I learnt quite a lot out of playing in Sri Lanka. Things didn’t go according to plan there, but as a captain I’ve learnt a bit about how to go about things in the subcontinent.
Playing in these conditions, there’s a different tempo that always goes on, times when you need to attack and times when you need to defend,” he said.
“So for me as captain, it’s about identifying these periods quickly and not letting the game get away too much.
For me, it’s about identifying those moments and coming up with the right plan at the right time.
“We’ve lost 9 Tests in Asia, and we want to win one. So we’re going to be trying our best to do that,” he added.
Smith feels playing well against spin will be key to their success on the tour.
“I think that’s one of the big challenge of playing spin bowling in Asia, uncertainty of what the ball is sort of going to do off the pitch. Playing spin in Australia is generally pretty consistent. It’s here where there is uncertainties that we can become unstuck as a batter. For us it’s ensuring we have a plan to play against the spinners like (Ravichandran) Ashwin, (Ravindra) Jadeja and the other spinner that they are going to choose tomorrow,” he concluded. PTI
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