Pune: Australia captain Steven Smith asserted on Wednesday that the visitors are confident of giving a tough fight to the hosts.
“I guess we are the underdogs in this series. We hear comments like Harbhajan said he expects us to lose 4-0. That’s not how we feel. We want to compete here against India and it is going to be a tough series. They have got some quality players in their line-up from one to 11. So yeah, it is going to be difficult,” Smith said on Wednesday.
“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. But I don’t believe that’s the case. I’m confident about the squad we have got here to compete against India. It’s going to be a difficult series. India have played some very good cricket, particularly at home. So we are under no illusions that it is going to be tough.”
The current Australian team have been poor away from home. They have lost their last nine Tests in the subcontinent, including a 0-3 drubbing in Sri Lanka last year.
Smith admitted that Australians need to approach the series with a positive mindset and rise to the occasion during crucial moments.
“We have to start things afresh. We have come here with a positive mindset. More we think about last time we came here or Sri Lanka, we start to lose battle set straight away. For me it is about learning from what has come before us,” the 27-year-old said.
“But I guess what I want from my boys is the ability to adapt to the plans we have in place. Show some fire and rise to the tough situations. There are going to be some difficult moments. We need to identify key moments and counter those difficult moments,” he added.
“Hopefully we have got the squad here that can compete in these conditions.”