Australia all-rounder Steven Smith on Friday said that he was Peter Siddle showed greeat application while batting against Indian spinner on the first day of the fourth and the final Test against India at Delhi.

The pitch had been termed a "three-day wicket" by former players for having plenty of cracks even before the match had begun.

"It's not the Day One wicket I am used to playing on. It has broken up pretty early. It will get tougher and tougher to bat throughout this match," Smith told reporters at the post-match press conference.

Smith cited the example of fellow batsman, Philip Hughes, who got a vicious delivery in the 21st over from pacer Ishant Sharma that hit the grill of his helmet.

The ball was slightly short of length and hit Hughes' helmet, forcing him to take evasive action.

(with inputs from PTI)