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To be not out at the end of the long innings is still a great achievement, says senior Smith
COLOMBO, Mar 17: Apparently Peter Smith, the father of the Australian skipper (Steve Smith) was hoping his son would score a double century on Friday. But that could not happen.

Speaking exclusively over his mobile from Sydney hours after Australian innings ended at 451 and Steve Smith remained unbeaten at 178 runs, Peter Smith said, "to have scored a double ton would have been good, but to be not out at the end of the innings is still a great achievement".

"The Ranchi's debut Test has been fascinating and I have enjoyed watching it. I even came home from work early today to watch as much as I could".

"The Australian media were not sure how the Ranchi pitch would play and the assumption was that it would be low, slow and take spin. So far that assessment has been wrong and it appears to be playing well".

Team India skipper Virat Kohli (shoulder injury) was not on the field to congratulate Smith's big score. Both were embroiled in a controversy recently.

"It is not good to see any player injured, particularly when they are giving their all for their team. I was watching when Kohli landed heavily on his shoulder and it was immediately evident the injury was significant. Losing your Captain in that way is always difficult for any team", the senior Smith further added.

"Steven has always suggested I should come to India to watch one of the Test matches. He believes the atmosphere can be fascinating and it is a great spectacle".

"Unfortunately, due to work commitments I am unable to visit India during this series of Test matches. However, it is certainly something I would like to do in the future", he signed off.

News Updated at : Friday, March 17, 2017
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