Australia's captain Steven Smith celebrates his second century of the series against India on Day One of the third Test at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium in Ranchi yesterday. Pic/AFP
Ranchi: Australia opener Matt Renshaw said his skipper Steven Smith led from the front with the bat, showing that the visitors are here to play cricket.
After all the attention shifted to the controversy over the Decision Review System (DRS) at the end of the second Test in Bangalore, in Ranchi the right-hander played a sublime knock of 117 not out to help the visitors get out of the woods after they were reeling at 140 for four at one stage. Smith was supported by Glenn Maxwell who came into the side in place of injured all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, remaining unbeaten on 82 off 147 balls.
"Yeah, I think he's handled this whole situation really well and just showed that we're here for a cricket series and showed how to do it yesterday," Renshaw, who scored a well-made 44 before edging to Virat Kohli in the slips off a Umesh Yadav delivery, told reporters at the end of the first day's play.
"I think he's just come out and trained hard and prepared well and showed us how it is done and he led by example," Renshaw said of his captain.
Smith timed his innings to perfection, stemming the rot first after coming in to bat and then playing second fiddle to Maxwell, who played his shots in the later half of his innings after getting his eye in.
Asked what Smith did differently to others in the top order, Renshaw said, "He probably didn't throw it away. He might have played a couple of bad shots but he didn't play so he got out, like some of the others did, like I did. So, I think he just made the most of it and made a big score."
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