India may play Steve Smith’s bouncers but don’t see him as their weakness: Australian assistant coach McDonald

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Despite being one of the best batsmen in the world in the cricket test, Australian Steve Smith seems to have a definite problem with quality short bowling. He suffered a concussion after being struck by bouncer Jofra Archer in the ashes, which gave way to New Zealand targeting Smith with short tips and reaping rewards thanks to Neil Wagner. India also has people like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma who can put the short ball to good use in the next round of testing against Smith. Australia’s assistant coach Andrew McDonald is not disturbed by the thought, however.

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McDonald does not see the weakness of the Smith bouncers and said India is welcome to try it out if it fancies taking part in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from December 17.

“Even in day cricket and T20 cricket, he was able to score points with this plan adopted by his opponents. So I don’t necessarily see it as a weakness … they (India) can continue to approach it. way if they want, ”McDonald said.

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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’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) has done it well before. I suggest that this plan has not necessarily worked to its full effect.

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Smith and David Warner were not part of the Australian squad when India recorded its very first round of testing on Australian soil the last time they visited in 2018-19. The return of the dynamic duo should give Australia a big advantage, especially when Indian skipper Kohli returns after the first test match in Adelaide.

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 series begins.

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