ShivaniLAST UPDATED: Nov. 20, 2020, 4:42 p.m.
New Delhi: Steve Smith, who marks his return in test cricket against India after being suspended for two years, will be a "big headache" for team India, says Australia batsman Glenn Maxwell.
Smith along with David Warner was not part of the 2018-19 test series against India that Australia had lost. Apart from the prominent Border-Gavaskar trophy, India had also won the ODI series while the T20 series was tied for 1-1 as one of the matches was washed out.
Now that both Smith and Warner have returned for all three formats, Maxwell has expressed belief that their side will takeover India.
"To have someone like Steve Smith coming back to our side, it is going to be a big plus for us, a big headache for India. Smith has always scored runs against them," Maxwell said during a select media interaction organised by series official broadcasters Sony.
While Australia has their whole line up prepared for the clash coming ahead, India will miss their star player Rohit Sharma who has taken break from the limited over series to recuperate from his hamstring injury.
Maxwell emphasised that Rohit's absence will definitely add to the benefits of the host. "He (Rohit) is a class performer, so consistent as an opening batsman with a couple of (three) double hundreds. So anytime he is not in the line-up against you, it is a positive," Maxwell said.
However, he underlined that KL Rahul have the potential to change the game for India.
"But in saying that, India have still got back-ups, more than capable of playing that role. We saw KL Rahul, the performance that he put on during the last IPL was extraordinary. Whether he opens the batting or not, I am sure he will be just as good a player," he said.
"Well, I would say they (Mayank-Rahul) are the two lovely guys I have ever met. It was a pleasure to spend the change room (with them), two very good players, they score all-round the wicket and have got very limited weaknesses," Maxwell, who spent time with Mayank and Rahul at the Kings XI Punjab, said.
The much-anticipated lengthy schedule between India and Australia will commence from November 27. It will also mark India's return in international cricket after 9 months amid the covid-19 pandemic.