Steve Smith doesn’t have a weakness against bouncers: Andrew McDonald

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Through: Reuters | Sydney |

November 22, 2020 6:11:30 p.m.


Steve Smith in action last year. (AP Photo)

India is welcome to submit Steve smith at a bouncer shoot-off but the batsman is well equipped to succeed against such a strategy, Australian assistant coach Andrew McDonald said on Sunday.

Smith was injured by a short delivery from Jofra Archer to Lord’s last year and was also repeatedly bounced back by New Zealand speedster Neil Wagner last summer.

The top-ranked test drummer can expect similar treatment from India, but McDonald’s is unfazed by the prospect, pointing out that Smith has bounced back from the Lord’s concussion with a double century at Old Trafford.

“Even in day cricket and T20 cricket he managed to score points with this plan adopted by his opponents,” said McDonald.

“So I don’t necessarily see it as a weakness … they (India) can continue to approach it that way if they want to.”

Virat Kohli and his men tried it out when Australia played three one-day international matches in India earlier this year, and a repeat of the ploy wouldn’t surprise.

“It’s going to be a tactic that a lot of bowling units will use against our best hitters, especially with four men in a day’s cricket,” said McDonald.

“They’ve used that tactic before and he (Smith) did it well before. I suggest that this plan has not necessarily worked to its full effect.

India and Australia meet on Friday in the first of three one-day internationals in Sydney.

They will also play three Twenty20 games before a four-test run begins in Adelaide on December 17.

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