India vs Australia: Steve Smith says Ranchi pitch didn’t provide turn unlike Pune and Bangalore

Steve Smith said that the bounce on the Ranchi pitch was consistent and there wasn't much movement on it.

By: PTI | Ranchi | Updated: March 16, 2017 7:53 pm
steve smith, india vs australia, ind vs aus, india vs australia third test, ind vs aus 3rd test, india vs australia third test, cricket news, cricket Steve Smith was all praise for Glenn Maxwell, who is batting on 82 having scored his maiden Test fifty. (Source: PTI)

Australia captain Steve Smith observed that the JSCA Stadium track did not offer sny spin like the first two Test matches where ICC rated the strips as “poor” and “below average” respectively.

Asked about the pitch, centurion Smith said:”This ball didn’t spin here. In the first two Tests, the ball spun. The bounce was consistent and there wasn’t any up and down movement. We will need as many as we can get in the first innings.”

He was all praise for Glenn Maxwell, who is batting on 82 having scored his maiden Test fifty.

“Obviously for 4 for 300, we had to form a couple of partnerships. Maxi played beautifully. Stuck to his plans and struck the bad balls. It is a good pitch so we will need all the runs we can get. But tomorrow is going to be a crucial day for us,” he said.

In the eye of storm post ‘DRS Brain Fade’, Smith said that he has moved on.

“You cannot control the past. I came out and said I made a mistake and moved on from there.”

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