Sydney: Australian cricket team assistant coach Andrew McDonald believes the Indian bowlers’ plan to throw a consistent bouncer against Steve Smith, like Neil Wagner, will not hold true. Wagner, a New Zealand left-arm fast bowler, dismissed Smith 4 times during the Test series in 2019-20. During this time, he had shot shot balls continuously, targeting Smith’s body.
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Even after facing trouble on the shot balls, McDonald said that Smith did not see any weakness in batting. He said, ‘I know that in a Test match, Archer’s ball was hit on his helmet. But after his return, he has been able to score runs. This scheme was also adopted against him in ODIs and T20 cricket but he managed to score runs. Therefore, I do not see this as a weakness. If he (Indian bowler) wants, he can try this scheme.
The Indian team adopted this scheme against Smith in the 3-match ODI in January, but the 31-year-old batsman proved himself by playing innings of 98 and 131 runs at that time. McDonald said, ‘They have worked on this plan before. This gives the best chance to stop the run and dismiss them. But in the last series against India, he was able to get an easy pass from it. I think the same will happen in the upcoming series.
The Indian team will play T20 International series of the same number of matches after the 3-match ODI series from 27 November on Australia tour. The 4-match Test series will begin in Adelaide from December 17. Currently, Team India is quarantined for 14 days at the Pullman Hotel in Sydney Olympic Park. However, the Indian team has been allowed to practice and train during this period.