Steve Smith hopes Australia adapt in Kolkata ODI against India

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Former Australian cricketer and commentator Dean Jones was trolled for his remarks post India's win in the first one-day worldwide (ODI) against Australia in Chennai.

Kolkata, Sep 20 India's outdoor practice session had to be cancelled for the second successive day before rain made way for bright sunshine over the Eden Gardens, raising hopes of a full game in the second ODI against Australia here tomorrow. India and Australia will play only their second ODI at the Eden since their TVS Cup final in November, 2003 but a forecast of rain is threatening to spoil the contest.

Former Australia captain Clarke hailed Smith and Virat Kohli as the best two batsmen in the world following India's victory in the first ODI on Sunday, but added "I also think his captaincy is now being challenged". I had to find the right tempo for the game, whether it's hitting boundaries or finding the right time to hit a right boundary. "It was a disappointing start to the series the other day; we've got another game tomorrow to turn things around".

To emphasise the unusual road Smith has taken to become the batting rock of this 50-over side, he says his most memorable innings against the white ball came less than four months after he was considered not good enough to be in the XI at all. "We are ready and conditions are ideal for one-day cricket".

Australia ODI squad: Steve Smith (c), David Warner, Ashton Agar, Hilton Cartwright, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Patrick Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, Adam Zampa.

Steve Smith may have hit a bit of a rough patch as Australia captain but the young leader has said he would not give the job back for the world. "I love what I do and I guess when you get in those tricky situations, you want to lead by example", he told India Today. "India toooo good in this match... but don't get personal. or you are blocked", Jones tweeted. Guys have worked hard since we have been in India and we had a game not that long ago. "Yes, I've learnt a lot along the way, but there's always so much more to learn and get better at as well".



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