Australia batsman Steve Smith said he was looking to put R. Ashwin under pressure on Thursday after being at the receiving end of the India off-spinner’s guile in the first two Tests.

Breaking his run of poor scores, Smith played some attacking shots en route to an unbeaten 31 by the close of play on the opening day of the third Test between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

AUS vs IND, THIRD TEST, DAY ONE – AS IT HAPPENED

Australia was 166 for 2 at stumps of a rain-marred day, with Marnus Labuschagne giving Smith company on 67.

“I’m good, nice to spend a bit of time out there, nice to stitch in a partnership with Marnus. I wanted to put him (Ashwin) under a little bit of pressure which I haven’t done this series,” Smith said at the end of the day’s play.

As he faced the Indian bowlers, Smith looked determined to make a statement after his uncharacteristic run…

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