Motera wicket is the flattest of the four wickets, the ball will not turn on the first day: Smith

Australia captain Steve Smith said on Wednesday that the wicket at the Narendra Modi Stadium looked the flattest of the pitches prepared for the first three Tests and the ball would not turn from the start. Australia are currently trailing the four-match series 1-2 and will look to get a psychological edge over India by leveling the series here ahead of the final of the World Test Championship. Smith told reporters on the eve of the fourth and final Test match, “Of the four wickets we have seen so far, it probably looks like the flattest wicket for the first day.”

Smith, however, is hopeful that the scorching heat will ensure that the pitch cracks as the match progresses, providing turn. He said, “The temperature here is 38 degree Celsius. It is very hot here. Looks like the pitch will get drier as the match progresses. A groundsman said they might water it again today. We’ll have to wait and see, but the pitch looks like a day before the match, it’s definitely not what we expected. Have seen the first day’s pitch so far.

Smith said that scoring 400 runs in Nagpur was extremely difficult but doing so in Motera could be easier. He said, “We will have to play according to the conditions we get. Definitely haven’t had big scores in this series yet. India scored 400 runs in the first test match and Rohit scored a century. Then the score of 400 proved to be huge. “The Australian captain said,” This wicket can be a bit different. The spinners probably won’t get help from the first ball or the first day itself but it will take spin as the game progresses. So, yes there can be chances to score big on this wicket.

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