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'He's given me a bit more motivation' - Smith determined not to get out to Yasir
Yasir–Smith Battle

'He's given me a bit more motivation' - Smith determined not to get out to Yasir

Steve Smith's cheap dismissal to Yasir Shah in the Brisbane Test and the subsequent heated send-off has apparently motivated him to opt for a more cautious approach in the pink-ball encounter in Adelaide.

Smith launched a full-blooded swipe early on after arriving at the crease in Australia's only innings at the Gabba but failed to connect it as the ball shattered the stumps.

As the former Australia skipper was forced to trudge back to the pavilion for just four runs, he was greeted by a seven-fingered salute from leg-spinner Yasir – signifying the number of times he has got the better of Smith in the longest format.

“He gave me a bit more motivation next game to not get out to him. I’ll probably be a little more disciplined against him," Smith addressed the media in Adelaide.

Yasir's edge over Smith is second only to England paceman Stuart Broad, who has dismissed the world No. 1 Test batsman eight times, though his impressive feat has come in 24 games against the star batter.

However, Smith did not share the view that Yasir had his number as he pointed out a lot of times he had gotten out to him while trying to collect quick runs.

"I feel at times when he’s gotten me out, I’ve been on a few runs, I’ve been slogging – a couple of second innings ones where I’ve been playing a few funky shots and stuff so I’m not too worried," he said.

Although Yasir's ordinary returns of 4-205 reflect a poor outing, Smith believed the 33-year-old bowled well on a pitch that did not offer assistance to spinners.

“I thought he bowled pretty well at the Gabba. He got some good drift and a little bit of spin on a wicket that probably wasn’t spinning that much.

"He bowled well and we will have to play him well this game."

'I bat better when there is pressure on me'

Australia were comfortably cruising at 351-2 in response to Pakistan's first-innings total of 240 when Smith came out to bat in the middle.

He revealed a chat with head coach Justin Langer had convinced him to play lavish shots and extend the hosts' growing lead over Pakistan.

"The situation we were at, was a good one. The boys batted beautifully in the top order."

"I actually spoke to JL [Justin Langer] in the morning and asked him how should I approach this today. He was like ‘do what you do’ and I thought about being quite aggressive but it didn’t work," he added.

The unorthodox strokemaker admitted he was accustomed to performing when the chips were down as witnessed during the Ashes where Australia's top-order repeatedly failed.

“I do bat a little bit better when there is pressure on me and I am trying to dig my team out of a hole,” he conceded.

Smith, 30, also shed light on his quirky habit of penalising himself in case of a flop-show – a testament to his hunger to churn out big scores.

“I always punish myself when I get no runs just like I reward myself when I score runs with a chocolate bar at the end of the night if I get a hundred.

"If I get no runs, I always have a run or go to the gym or do something just to give myself a bit of a punishment."

"Failures in batting happen so you just sort of deal with it and move on and try and score some runs the next time," he claimed.