Smith delighted but he wants more

GREAT WIN: Australia's captain Steve Smith (left) leads the celebration after his side beat India in the First Test in Pune.
GREAT WIN: Australia's captain Steve Smith (left) leads the celebration after his side beat India in the First Test in Pune. Rajanish Kakade

CRICKET: Australian captain Steve Smith hopes his team's remarkable turnaround win over India in Pune is the start of bigger and better things to come.

Smith said he wants to take the Aussies' dominance from the 333-run victory into the second Test which starts in Bangalore on Saturday.

"We kept the foot on the throat. We got ourselves into positions to win in Sri Lanka and we let the opposition get back into the game," Smith said.

"In this Test we didn't let India back into the game. It's pleasing we're learning, trying to improve in different ways."

From the moment Smith won the toss, the tourists never relinquished the upper hand. But he said the team needed improvement.

"I wouldn't say it was perfect," Smith said.

"We did a lot of things right in this Test match, that's for sure but there's still areas we can improve on.

"In the first innings we probably lost a few (wickets) in clumps.

"For us, it's about continuing to identify those periods in the game when we need to knuckle down and get through and show some fight and resilience and come out the other end of it.

"We know as batters the longer you're out in the middle, the easier things get."

The performance was in sharp contrast to the 3-0 series loss in Sri Lanka last year.

Smith's side worked hard for runs on the remarkably dry Pune deck. It took just three days for 40 wickets to fall and hand a 1-0 lead for Australia in the four-Test series.

And they fielded well, especially Peter Handscomb who took two one-handed pearlers during India's chaotic first innings collapse of 7-11 on Friday.

Smith was well aware of Australia's horrible streak in India.

"We haven't won a game here for 4502 days," Smith said.

"The pressure was off us. Everyone wrote us off and expected India to win 4-0. That can't happen any more.

"Sometimes you can think negatively about the situation ... for us it was putting that out of our mind."

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