Nine consecutive Test match losses in Asia. One series win in India in 48 years. Opponents boasting 19 Tests without defeat, and six consecutive series wins. Few Australian captains have faced a contract as tough as this, but Steven Smith prefers to look at the satisfaction to be derived from
what could be one of the most unexpected triumphs in all Test history. Steven Smith has said Steve O'Keefe and Nathan Lyon have been working on adapting their bowling to Indian conditions, focusing more on accuracy and maximising natural variation rather than beating batsmen in the air with topspin. Smith's tourists have one warm-up match against India A in Mumbai from Thursday, before the first Test in Pune.