Steve Smith, the vice captain of Australia, may have practised against Mahesh Pithiya, the doppelganger of Ravichandran Ashwin, for a week, but he isn't obsessing with Ashwin's significance in the Border Gavaskar Trophy, which starts on Thursday. The Australian batsmen have been concentrating on eliminating the spin danger, and a group of Indian net bowlers is assisting the tourists in getting ready for the four-Test series.
Are Australians considering Ashwin too much? "Mahesh is one of the several off-spinners that we have played. He bowls in a manner resembling Ashwin's. We aren't overanalyzing the situation. Although Ash is a good bowler, we have the equipment in our kit bag to handle that "Smith revealed this to the media during a press conference. He has examined the pitch, and the excellent length location at the far end appears to be quite dry.