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Update I've let Ashwin dictate terms, something I've never let any spinner do - Smith

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Steve Smith wishes that he had been more aggressive against R Ashwin in the series so far. Smith has had poor returns with a highest score of just 8 in four innings and has twice been dismissed by Ashwin.

Ruing the chances missed, Smith wished he had played Ashwin with more command. "I probably haven't played Ashwin as well as I would've liked; I probably would've liked to have put him under a bit more pressure," said Smith to SEN.

"I've sort of let him dictate terms and that's something I've probably never let any spinner do in my career. I've sort of taken it to them, been a bit more aggressive and made them change things," rued Smith.

Coupling the lack of dominance with his own search for just time out in the middle, Smith reasoned that this could be the reason for not abling to play his natural game against spin.

"I haven't allowed that to happen, probably because I'm searching for just being out there for long enough. It's kind of a two-edged sword in a way, but I think I've just got to have the confidence to take it on and play my game," said Smith.

Smith also stressed that the "most important thing" for him was to just be in the middle for longer to try and work his way out of a rut.

"At the moment I'm searching for time in the middle; that's the most important thing for me. When I look at this year, 64 balls is the longest I've spent in the middle, during those one-day games.

"For me, that's important. I find a lot of rhythm out in the middle. You can bat as much as you want in the nets but there's nothing that can replicate what a game can do, so that for me is what I'm searching for at the moment.

"That can be tough to do, particularly in a Test match when you've got some quality bowlers."


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