Colombo, March 2 (IANS) Australian leg-spinner Steve Smith knows the Sri Lankan batsman would come hard at him when the two teams clash in a World Cup match here Saturday.
The 21-year-old Smith said that it would be tough for the Sri Lankan batsmen to score runs off the lively Australian pace battery and they would reserve their power for the spinners.
“We’ve got the firepower up top with the quicks all bowling at about 150 clicks. When I come on, a team like Sri Lanka’s going to come quite hard at me. Because of the quicks we’ve got in the side, I think they’ll take it a bit easier against them and go hard at me, so I think I’ve got a chance to take a few wickets as well,” said Smith.
Smith said hat-trick man Lasith Malinga will be the bowler to watch out for.
“He’s bowling pretty well … it was his first game back and he did pretty well, he took a hat-trick and six wickets. The (pitch in that) game was a bit different against Pakistan, it seemed to turn quite a bit. I think the wicket’s going to be a bit more like that against us,” he said.
Smith, who is on his third tour of the sub-continent, said batting remains his strength, but he is still trying to work hard on his leg spins.
“I’ve been watching a lot of the bowling of the subcontinental spinners. They do a really good job. They bowl into the wicket and don’t really give you a chance to hit a lot straight. I think in these conditions over here, in a lot of them you can bowl into the wicket a bit more and get a bit more out of it,” he said.