Glenn McGrath Backs Steve Smith to Continue Aggressive Cricket

Updated: 03 January 2015 16:46 IST

Steve Smith-led Australia have sealed the four-match series 2-0 ahead of the final Test against India in Sydney from Tuesday

Glenn McGrath Backs Steve Smith to Continue Aggressive Cricket
File pic: Mark Taylor presented Steve Smith with Australian captain's jacket. © AP

Pace bowling great Glenn McGrath Saturday voiced his faith in new captain Steven Smith continuing Australian's tradition of playing an "attacking brand" of cricket. (Viv Richards backs aggressive Virat Kohli)

"We've been spoilt here in Australia with the attacking brand of cricket we play," McGrath was quoted as saying by news.com.au Saturday. (Johnson prefers bowling in short spells)

Smith was called upon to take a tough call on a declaration on the final day of the third Test at Melbourne. (Haddin ready for India's short-ball ploy | Watson praises Haddin)

Australia batted till lunch on the fifth day to set India an improbable 284-run target in 70 overs. India lost six wickets in the run chase but held on to force a draw, leaving Australia questioning the timing of the declaration. (Watson says he will be overwhelmed with Hughes' memories in SCG)

Smith was criticised for delaying the declaration that prevented Australia from winning the third consecutive Test in the four-match series. (Kohli receives praise from Johnson ahead of Sydney Test)

McGrath said Smith will reveal a more aggressive edge if he's faced with another tough call on declaration in the fourth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), starting Tuesday.

"I look at the declaration on that last day, to get a series win is still something pretty big. We shouldn't lose sight of that," the retired legend said.

"The boys were still playing for a win. We had our chances on that last day. It was a very flat wicket.

"But if there's a similar situation in this Test match, you'll see Steve go a little bit harder."

Topics : Glenn McGrath Steven Smith India in Australia Series, 2014-15 India Australia Cricket
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