Smith talks evolution ahead of 100th match

Australia skipper Steve Smith is proud to have evolved into a complete ODI middle-order batsman after starting his career as a bits and pieces player.

Originally picked as a spin-bowling allrounder and gun fielder Smith made a slow start to his ODI career notching just 477 runs in his first 38 matches.

Since October 2014 though he has passed fifty 25 times including eight tons and has amassed a further 2711 runs.

Speaking ahead of Australia’s clash with India at Eden Gardens Smith said: “I think I’ve evolved a lot as a white-ball player.

“When I first started playing one-day cricket, my first 30-odd games, I played more as a bowler. I had to change a bit there.

“I’ve been batting at No. 3 for a while now. I had to find the right tempo for the game, whether it’s hitting boundaries or finding the right time to hit a right boundary. You learn as you play. It’s pretty exciting to play my 100th game tomorrow.”

The skipper is eager to continue to learn and grow as a player, his adaptability has so far served him well.

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Smith added: “I’m still learning. I think you’re always learning.

“You’re trying to evolve and just keep trying to get better. You can never be satisfied. You want to be the best you can. Yes, I’ve learnt a lot along the way, but there’s always so much more to learn and get better at as well.”

His captaincy has come into some criticism from his predecessor Michael Clarke but Smith feels results will soon turn his way.

He went on: “I don’t think I’m in a bad place with my captaincy.

“Obviously, results haven’t been the way we would have liked and that’s something we are trying to rectify. Guys are working hard, and it’s all about getting out in the middle and getting the job done. It was a disappointing start to the series the other day; we’ve got another game tomorrow to turn things around.”

Australia meet India in the second ODI at Eden Gardens on Thursday trailing 1-0 after losing the opener.