India is welcome to topic Steve Smith to a bouncer barrage however the batsman is well-equipped to succeed in opposition to such technique, Australia assistant coach Andrew McDonald mentioned on Sunday.
Smith was concussed by a short-pitched supply from Jofra Archer at Lord’s final 12 months and was additionally bounced out a number of occasions by New Zealand speedster Neil Wagner final summer season.
The top-ranked check batsman can anticipate comparable remedy from India however McDonald is unfazed by the prospect, stating that Smith bounced again from the Lord’s concussion with a double century at Old Trafford.
‘Not a weak spot’
“Even in one-day cricket and T20 cricket, he’s been able to score runs with that plan being adopted by opponents,” mentioned McDonald.
“So, I don’t necessarily see it as a weakness … they (India) can keep approaching it that way if they want.”
Virat Kohli and his males did attempt it when Australia performed three one-day internationals in India earlier this 12 months, and a repeat of the ploy would not shock.
“It’s going to be a tactic a lot of bowling units will use against our top-line batters, especially with four men out in one-day cricket,” McDonald mentioned.
“They’ve used that tactic before and [Smith has] done well on it before. I’m suggesting that plan hasn’t necessarily worked to its full effect.”
India and Australia will conflict within the first of the three one-day internationals in Sydney on Friday.
They can even play three Twenty20 matches earlier than a four-test sequence will get underway at Adelaide on Dec. 17.