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Ranchi | Monday, Mar 20 2017 IST
 
Australia skipper Steve Smith reckons that if the game of cricket consists a word called 'momentum', then it is currently with the Australian side.

Addressing the post match press conference at end of the drawn test match at the JSCA international stadium here, he said that at present, 'momentum' was with his side as India would be hurt that it could not manage to bowl out the visiting side to win the match.

He also said that post the draw in Ranchi, the final match in Dharamsala would be very exciting.

Heaping praise on the partnership of Peter Handscomb and Shaun Marsh, who shared a 5th wicket partnership of 124 runs and stood together for more than 62 overs, Smith said that he was extremely proud of the partnership and it was an outstanding performance by the two.

The Aussie skipper said that both the batsman stuck with plans and backed their defence to get a good result for his side.

"The team had decided not to loose wicket in a heap and today Handscomb and Marsh played beautifully and stuck to their plans and backed their defence," he said. Smith said that his team was tired after a very long session in the field as India batted for 210 overs but Peterscomb and Marsh batted exceptionally so credit goes to them for coming out with heavy legs and securing a draw for the side.

When asked about the pitch in Ranchi, he said that he did not expected the match to go till five days, however the credit should be given to the groundsman for preparing a good wicket. Over his own dismissal, he said that he misjudged the line of Jadeja and paid the price.

Smith said that there is always some tension when India and Australia but the game here was played in the right spirit. "To sum up, it was a bit of hard grind," he said,

The 27-year-old said that he was very happy with the way all the batsman whether Renshaw, Handscomb and Marsh have contributed for the cause of the team and it augurs well for the future.

However, he did admit that his side was short by another 100 runs and if his side had reached 550 then Australia could had an upper hand in the game.UNI AK KU SDR SHK 1858

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