After being concussed with a short delivery from Jofra Archer to Lord’s last year and also repeatedly bounced back by New Zealand speedster Neil Wagner last summer, India is sure to subject Steve Smith to a bouncer dam. .
However, Australian assistant coach Andrew McDonald said on Sunday the drummer was well equipped to succeed against such a strategy.
The top-ranked test drummer can expect similar treatment from India, but McDonald’s isn’t surprised by the prospect, pointing out that Smith has bounced back from the Lord’s concussion with a double century in 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 gave it a try when Australia played three one-day international matches in India earlier this year, and a repeat of the ploy wouldn’t surprise.
“It will 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 this tactic before and he (Smith) has done it well before. I suggest this plan hasn’t 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.