Matt Renshaw lauds skipper Smith after his brilliant knock in Ranchi

Steve Smith (left) and Matt Renshaw (right) in action
Steve Smith (left) and Matt Renshaw (right) in action
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Australia opening batsman Matt Renshaw credited skipper Steven Smith for letting his bat talk after he endured a tough period on and off the field heading into the third Test in Ranchi.

The 27-year-old found himself in a middle of a Decision Review System controversy in the second Test of the series in Bengaluru. After given out LBW in the second innings, Smith turned towards the dressing room to consult whether he should opt for a review which did not go well with Indian captain Virat Kohli and few of the former cricketers too.

Even though, Smith admitted it was a 'brain fade' on his part, the Board of Control for Cricket in India went on to lodge a complaint on the issue which was later withdrawn after the involvement of Cricket Australia.

However, Smith showed no sign of nerves as he notched an unbeaten 117-run knock on day one of the Ranchi Test to help Australia post 299 for four and Renshaw was full of praise for his captain.

"Yeah, I think he's handled this whole situation really well and just showed that we're here for a cricket series and showed how to do it today," said Renshaw, who scored 44 runs.

"I think he's just come out and trained hard and prepared well and showed us how it was done today," added the 20-year-old.

At one stage, Australia were going strong at 80 for one with Renshaw and Smith going strong but India made a brief comeback to pick three wickets for 60 runs and reduced the visitors to 140 for four.

Even though, Smith along with Glenn Maxwell extended Australia dominance with an unbeaten 159 run stand, Renshaw lamented on the inability of the top order to carry on big.

"We probably would have liked to have scored a few more runs in the top-order but I thought we all probably got a good start but just didn't get on with it and make a big score like Steve (Smith) did. I think he showed us how to go today."

"He probably didn't throw it away. He might have played a couple of bad shots but he didn't play so he got out, like some of the others did, like I did. So, I think he just made the most of it and made a big score."

Playing his first game in the longer format after over 30 months, Maxwell made a brilliant comeback with an unbeaten 82-run knock which had five boundaries and two sixes.

Even though, he started the innings cautiously, later switched gears to leave the Indian bowlers at bay. Renshaw believes if Australia can dominate the first session on day two, they can dictate terms in the remainder of the game.

"He wasn't too bad. I've never personally played with him, so I'm sure if it's normal or something different. But I think he's looked pretty calm and relaxed and showed that he could play well, and he did well today,"

"I think tomorrow first session is going to, probably, be one of the most crucial in this match. If we can win that session, then we go a long way in winning the Test match."

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