The scars from Adelaide are fresh for the Indian team, but even before they could land in Melbourne, the venue for the next Test, the Australians have already started talking, rubbing salt into India’s wounds.
“Maybe,” Steve Smith said with a smirk when asked if the Indians would be scarred after being bowled out for 36 on Saturday. “It was nice to be on the right side on one of those days. They nicked everything. We have been on the other side a few times but it was nice to be on the right side.”
Such batting performances on away tours could easily deflate a unit. For Smith, everything comes down to how the individuals concerned recover from such a debacle.