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India vs Australia 2017: It will spin from ball one, Steve Smith on Pune track

Ind vs Aus 2017: Smith's observation completely dismisses the 'ball will fly' theory of local curator Pandurang Salgaoncar.

By: PTI | Pune | Updated: February 22, 2017 9:15:38 pm
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Australia captain Steven Smith has dropped a bombshell indicating that the Pune track, the venue of the first Test against India, will be a rank turner where the ball will spin from day one as he has not seen a wicket like this before.

“I think it will take spin from ball one. There are a couple of divots out of the wicket as well,” Smith was quoted by the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’.

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By “divot”, Smith termed the track as a piece of turf cut out of the ground by a golf club in making a stroke or by a sports player’s boot. It’s another way of terming the pitch under-prepared.

“I haven’t really seen a wicket like that before a Test match so I think it is going to take a lot of spin and potentially some up and down movement for the fast bowlers as well,” Smith told Australian media in a separate media conference.

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The Sydney Morning Herald published two close shots of the 22-yard strip showing the cracks that’s already started opening.

While the normal accredited media (host or visiting) does not have access to the pitchside — save the official broadcasters — the Australian journalists made their way to the restricted area, took photographs of the pitch from various angles.

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Smith’s observation completely rubbishes the “ball will fly” theory of local curator Pandurang Salgaoncar.

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