Smith happy with momentum, but issues India warning

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Australia captain Steve Smith challenged his players to step up to the next level after thrashing Pakistan at the SCG in their final Test before heading to India.

The hosts wrapped up a 220-run victory on day five in Sydney, Josh Hazlewood (3-29) and Steve O'Keefe (3-53) doing much of the damage.

Having lost their opening two Tests of the Australian summer to South Africa, Smith's side has undergone extensive surgery with Peter Handscomb and Matt Renshaw firming up what had become a flimsy line-up and leading them to four wins on the spin.

"It wasn't great times but I'm really proud of the way the guys have come in and turned it around since then," Smith told reporters.

"I think we've played some very good cricket and that's the kind of cricket that I want us to play.

"We've scored big runs in every game, every first innings. We've been able to build pressure with the ball, hit good areas and we've caught well this series, which has been a big focus of ours. It's been a pretty good series for us."

After short-format series against Pakistan, New Zealand and Sri Lanka, Smith will lead his side in four Tests in India, where Virat Kohli's side are unbeaten since 2012.

Australia have been whitewashed on their last two trips to India.

"It's going to be a very difficult series going over there," Smith said.

"We're under no illusions it's going to be tough. It's going to be a great challenge and learning curve for this group.

"I think the core of this group will take part in India. A few of us have been there before and we know it's difficult to play in their own backyard. They're a very good team.

"We're going to have to play incredibly well over there if we're going to compete with India."