New Delhi, Mar 23: "It's not a Day One wicket", were Australian all-rounder Steven Smith's first few words after the visitors once again struggled to come to terms with the Indian spinners on a crumbling Feroz Shah Kotla track here on Friday (March 22).
The pitch had been termed a "three-day wicket" by former players for having plenty of cracks even before the match had begun.
"It's not the Day One wicket I am used to playing on. It has broken up pretty early. It will get tougher and tougher to bat throughout this match," Smith told reporters at the post- match press conference. Smith cited the example of fellow batsman, Philip Hughes, who got a vicious delivery in the 21st over from pacer Ishant Sharma that hit the grill of his helmet. The ball was slightly short of length and hit Hughes' helmet, forcing him to take evasive action.
"It's not too often we see on the first day of a Test match the ball going like that and hitting a player in his grill. That's probably shaken him up; it also shaken me up. If we talk about Hughes, he was very good today. He came out with a positive mind-set and found his way over here," he said.
Smith, who made a defiant 145-ball 46, said the visitors would look to add another 50 runs tomorrow to their first-innings total of 231 for eight.
"231 at the end of day one is not bad day for us. Hopefully, we can add another 50 runs to our score tomorrow. It's going to be a competitive first-innings score," he said. Smith said that spin played a big role on the already "worn out" first day Kotla track.
"Spin has played a good role on this wicket. It's pretty tough to score runs a lot of times. Every one of their bowler bowled well today. Their field setting was good. The wicket has already worn out. If we could grind out another 50, it would be good for us," he said.