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Truant weather keeps Aussies uncertain

20th September 2017
Weather plays heavy on the mind of Australia skipper Steve Smith ahead of the second ODI against India here at the Eden Gardens.
Smith who played his cards close to the chest said the weather and wicket will decide the playing XI tomorrow once yhey were at the ground.
"Little bit of grass on it, probably more than I’ve seen in India for a while. It looks alright. Few cracks up and down the wicket but I don’t think it will play a big part. Looks like the wicket has been used somewhere. I don’t know in what game. I will have another look tomorrow, see what the weather is doing, see if any changes to the wicket, the curator might roll it a bit more or cut it. We will have another look in the morning and decide our team then", the Australian Skipper said on being questioned about the wicket and selection.
The influence pitching on their batting order was evident when the skipper adduced a possibility responding to a question, "Certainly something to think about. To begin we’ll turn up tomorrow, expecting to be playing full 50 overs and if things change from there, we’ve got to adapt and do what needs to be done. We weren’t good enough batting in the 21 overs that we had last game, certainly we’ve got to do a lot better".
Asked what went wrong in the last game, Smith said they tried to finish the game but were not good enough and adding to his comments he said, "We certainly tried to do that. I think I said after the game, I brought Coulter-Nile back to try and get a wicket and saved Faulkner for the back end. I certainly tried to do that, we just weren't able to do so. They batted well, formed a good partnership and we couldn't break that partnership".
"I don't think it'll have a big impact. Guys have worked hard since we've been here in India. We've obviously had a game not that long ago so the guys are in a fine space. It's just been about just topping up a few things we can indoors and getting a few things right there. No excuses from us. We're ready to go tomorrow," added the skipper when asked about their practise being restricted indoors.
This Aussie side was found out of depth when it came to handling Chahal and company: Kuldeep Singh, Hardik Pandiya . However Steve made it clear regarding the role of former Indian skipper M S Dhoni: "I don't think his role has changed since he's been playing. He's always batted at No. 6 or 7 and he's been that sort of finisher and he's got a phenomenal record and he's done that job. I think his role is pretty much exactly as its always been".