Australia’s assistant coach Andrew McDonald said on Sunday that Steve Smith has no weakness against the short ball and he won’t have any problem if Indian bowlers resort to bowling bouncers against him. India and Australia must compete in three ODI, three T20I and four tests. India and Australia will first play against each other in the ODIs and T20Is, and then both teams will turn their attention to the longer format of the match.
“I don’t think it’s (short ball) actually a weakness. I think they’re trying to squeeze it out early and what you’ll see after that initial potential shot, they’re going to go to a more standard shot to try to cancel the races, ”ESPNCricinfo said citing Mcdonald.
“I think they’ve used it before and like I said it has done well before so I suggest this plan didn’t necessarily work to its full effect. I know in the test match he did had this moment with Archer where he But in terms of coming back he was able to score points. They necessarily see it as a weakness, but they can continue to approach it if they wish, “he said. he adds.
Smith suffered a concussion last year as he was punched on the helmet by Jofra Archer during the ashes and he was then targeted by Neil Wagner from New Zealand last year.
The right-handed batsman also missed the ODI series against England this year due to a concussion suffered in the nets. Smith had a lean IPL as he scored just 311 runs in 14 innings for the Rajasthan Royals with three half centuries.
“They (India) had a clear plan from the start of the innings where they had a ravine for their legs, a deep square and a man in the back of the square and everyone was offside on the power play,” said McDonald.
“It’s a tactic they’ve used before and like I said it’s probably to cancel the points he’s scoring and try to give himself the best opportunity to potentially get him out in that area. he was able to fight this in India last. He got a magnificent 131 in the last ODI in Bangalore and he made a significant contribution to Rajkot. But he already had this and he worked his way through and I see this series as being no different from the way it approaches, ”he added.
Indian skipper Kohli will only play one test against Australia and then return home after being granted paternity leave from the Cricket Control Board of India (BCCI).
During the 2018-19 Series, India managed to record its first Test Series victory on Australian soil. The Kohli-led team ultimately won the series 2-1 and are now looking to retain the Border Gavaskar trophy.
The first test between India and Australia kicks off on December 17th at the Adelaide Oval and this match will be a match day and night.
The four-game series will be part of the World Test Championship (WTC). Australia and India are in the first two places in the WTC rankings.
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