Shortball is no weakness for Steve Smith, says Andrew McDonald | Cricket News


Australia assistant coach Andrew McDonald said on Sunday Steve Smith had no weakness against shortball and would have no problem if Indian bowlers resorted to bowling bouncers against him . India and Australia face each other in three ODIs, three T20Is 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, ”The Bharat Express News said citing Mcdonald.

“I think they have used it before and like I said it has done well before so I suggest that this plan did not necessarily work to its full effect. I know in the test match he did had that moment with Archer where he But in terms of comeback he was able to score points. Even in one day cricket he was able to score and in T20 cricket he was able to score points with this shot adopted by its opponents. t necessarily see it as a weakness, but they can continue to approach it if they wish, ”he added.

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Smith suffered a concussion last year after being hit in the helmet by Jofra Archer during the Ashes and was then targeted by New Zealander Neil Wagner 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.

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“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.

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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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