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