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Handscomb's innings is worth 140, says Smith

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Eleena Tovar | 21 Marcha, 2017, 13:04

Australia captain Steve Smith believed that the momentum was with Australia going into the fourth and deciding Test after his batsmen eked out a fighting draw here on Monday.

"If there's anything called momentum in cricket it's probably with us at the moment".

"It certainly helped out there today, knowing what we've done in the past. I'm sure they're hurting a little bit", Australia captain Smith said at the post match press conference.

Smith's support cast today includes Matt Renshaw, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb and first-innings centurion Glenn Maxwell, but the bigger problems loom at the other end, where Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin will be licking their lips at running through the tourists. They had magnificent plans, they backed their defence for a long period of time.

Showering praise on Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha, Smith said: "It was a long time in the field and credit to India, they played beautifully".

"That's one of the things we've been talking about - being resilient and sticking out the tough times".

"It's great signs for us that everyone is contributing". We put ourselves in a position to win, so we feel it was a very good effort from us to get into a winning situation. They resume at 23-2 after the dismissal of David Warner and nightwatchman Nathan Lyon late last night, and they're still 129 runs short of making India bat again. Things could have ended differently. "It's great to see all the batters working very hard on their plans and are contributing and scoring runs". "At one-all, there's plenty to play for in Dharamshala. There is still one match to go, both will give it their best", he explained. "Hopefully, this Australian cricket team can continue to adapt and show fight and resilience there".

Marsh and Handscomb spearheaded a successful stonewall from Australia on day five in Ranchi, sharing a partnership that lasted nearly four hours. Like I said, they will look at their positives and we will look at our positives and move forward.

"It was a really nice wicket, a little bit of rough outside the right-hander's leg-stump, left-hander's off stump for Jadeja and (Steve) O'Keefe to hit. It was a nice wicket".