Sydney, Australia: Australia captain Steve Smith is elated with the way his team rebounded from a series defeat against South Africa to whitewash Pakistan 3-0 on Saturday but warned their next Test assignment in India would present a challenge of a different level.
Back to back home defeats by the Proteas in November took Australia losses to five matches leaving Smith deflated and starting a crisis in Australian’s cricket.
The result was the dropping of half the team and a consolation victory over South Africa in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney restore a semblance of balance to the home summer.
“It was not a great time but I am really proud of the way the guys have turned it around since then. I think we have played some very good cricket and that is the kind of cricket I want us to play”, Smith said after the match.
Smith led by example with his bat, he was named Player of the Series after scoring 441 runs at an average of 110.25 including two centuries. According to the captain his style of captaincy had not changed in the last two months.
” It is always easier to say someone is doing well when they are winning games of cricket. We have obviously turned the results around, we been able to get some values into the group and it has been great”, he explained.
Vice captain David Warner scored a century before lunch and a half century from 23 balls in the third Test at Sydney. There were also maiden centuries from newcomer Peter Hanscomb and Matt Renshaw in the series, while Josh Hazelwood and Mitchell Staff confirmed their status as world-class fast bowlers.
Those performances should aguar well for home matches but Australia next Test series is in India where they have not won since 2004.
“It is going to be tough over there. We are under no illusions, it is going to be tough, a real challenge and a great learning curve for the group”, he added.