Steve Smith has hailed Australia’s ‘incredible’ display of fast bowling after the Baggy Greens bowled India out for just 36 during their emphatic victory in Adelaide.
Australia – bidding to reclaim the Border-Gavaskar Trophy – took a 1-0 lead in the four-match series after winning the day-night Test in Adelaide by eight wickets.
India secured a first-innings lead of 53 but were then bowled out for their lowest-ever score, with Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins blowing the tourists away during an extraordinary spell.
Reflecting on India’s collapse, Australia batsman Smith said: ‘Look, the other day we just saw some pretty incredible fast bowling.
‘It is probably the best I’ve seen our bowlers bowl collectively for about five years I think. The lengths they were hitting were just impeccable.
‘Sometimes that happens, you get a good ball and you nick it. You have got to let it go and move on and try and keep yourself in a positive mindset.’
India will attempt to level the series during the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne but will be without Virat Kohli, who has returned home for paternity leave, and Mohammed Shami, who will miss the rest of the series through injury.
‘We’re not thinking too much about India and how they’re going to come back,’ Smith added. ‘For us, it’s just about doing the things we need to do well.
‘It’s about just executing what we need to do out in the middle and doing it to the best of our ability.’
Australia opener Joe Burns, meanwhile, admits Kohli and Shami are ‘big losses’ for India, but says the hosts cannot afford to become complacent.
‘I think Shami and Virat are big losses for India,’ he said. ‘But saying that, the Indian team has got very good depth so they are still going to be challenging.
‘It is always hard to replace world class players like that but we will have a look at who is going to come in.
‘We have to prepare really well for the next game, we know Indian can bounce back strongly.
‘We have to start well and carry on the momentum from the last game because we know they can bounce back.’
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