We’ll see the best of Steve Smith again! Tim Paine warns injury-ravaged Team India ahead of 4th Test

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  • As Team India had to walk with a limp in order to reach the series decider at The Gabba, Australian skipper Tim Paine has apparently tried to rub salt into the wound by issuing a fresh warning to an already depleted Indian side in the build-up to the 4th and final Test of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

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  • Paine, who was bashed by several luminaries of the cricket fraternity for sledging the Indian batsmen in the penultimate clash of the series has lauded premier batsman Steve Smith ahead of the upcoming Brisbane Test match.
  • While Paine was involved in a verbal spat with Indian spinner and middle-order batsman Ravichandran Ashwin, former skipper and batting maestro Smith faced the wrath of the fans for allegedly scuffing Rishabh Pant’s batting guard mark during India’s herculean chase of 407 in the 3rd Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
  • Coming out in the support of his teammate following the infamous guard mark row, Paine had defended Smith by clarifying the Australian cricketer’s act of ‘shadow batting’.
  • Speaking on the eve of the 4th Test match at The Gabba, the Australian wicketkeeper-batsman warned the injury-ravaged Team India side about Smith’s sublime form in the four-match series. Paine has claimed that the premier batsman of the Baggy Greens will be back to his best in the Gabba Test.

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“Steve is in a good frame of mind. I think we’ve seen through what he’s been through in the last three years… he’s mentally very strong, very tough. He knows sometimes he’s going to be criticised and he’s handled that supremely well. If anything, I think he feeds off it. His statistics speak for themselves and we’ll see the best of Steve Smith again this week,” Paine said ahead of the 4th Test match between India and hosts Australia.

Smith had returned back to scoring ways for the hosts in the SCG Test after showcasing a rare batting failure in the first two Test matches against India. The Man of the Match in the previous Test match against the Ajinkya Rahane-led side is the second-highest scorer (222 runs) in the four-match series between India and Australia.

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