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Australian captain Steve Smith, said on Tuesday that beating India in India will go down as the 'best time of life' for the players of this team.
"It's a great challenge to play here in India. We know if we can pull something off and win a series here, we can look back at it in 10-20 years as some of the best times in our life. It's a great occasion to play here in India," Smith said at a press conference after arriving in India.
Australia last beat India in 2004-05, and Smith admits the tour to going to be a difficult one, but added, "I am excited by that challenge. All of us are excited about what's to come in the next six weeks.”
Australia had a preparatory camp in Dubai before reaching Mumbai, and Smith explained that they had tried to play in conditions similar to what they are likely to experience in India. "The boys have been in Dubai for some time now preparing on good wickets, challenging themselves. We have prepared very well and are ready to go," he said.
"We are excited about the tour and know it's going to be difficult. India are a very good team, particularly in home conditions. There's a tour match (from February 17-19 at CCI, Mumbai).
All the boys have been working hard, formulating good game plans and hopefully will have a successful series," he added.
Smith agreed that Ravichandran Ashwin would be a major threat, but claimed they have a plan to counter him. "Look, all our batters will have game plans to try and counter him. He's a world class bowler and among the fastest to complete 250 Test wickets just a couple of days ago. We know he's going to be difficult to face, but guys are going to formulate plans and hopefully they are going to get him out of the game as much as possible," Smith concluded.