Steve Smith admits Australia are underdogs, resents whitewash talks

Australia's cricket captain Steve Smith has admitted his inexperienced side will be the underdogs when they face the world's top-ranked side India on their home turf but bristled at suggestions of a possible 4-0 whitewash.

"I guess we are the underdogs in this series. You hear comments like Harbhajan who expect us to lose 4-0. That's not how we feel," the 27-year-old Smith told reporters before the opening test on Wednesday. "Everyone is entitled to their opinion, however I don't believe that's the case. I'm confident in the squad we've got here to compete against India.
"No doubt it's going to be a difficult series. India have played some very good cricket of late, particularly at home. So we're under no illusions there, it's going to be tough. But we've got the squad here that can compete in these conditions"

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