Short Ball Not A Weakness For Steve Smith, Says Andrew McDonald | Cricket News

Michael Atherton

Australia assistant coach Andrew McDonald on Sunday mentioned that Steve Smith does not have a weakness against the short ball and he could have no downside if Indian bowlers resort to bowling bouncers at him. India and Australia are slated to face off towards one another in three ODIs, three T20Is, and 4 Tests. India and Australia will first play towards one another in ODIs and T20Is after which either side will shift their consideration to the longest format of the sport.

“I don’t think it’s (short-ball) actually a weakness. I think they’re taking a shot at that area to get him out early and then what you’ll see after that initial potential plan, they will go to a more standard plan to try and negate the runs,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Mcdonald as saying.

“I think they’ve used it before and as I’ve said he’s done well before so I’m suggesting that plan hasn’t necessarily worked to its full effect. I know in the Test match he had that moment with Archer where it got him but in terms of coming back off that he was able to score runs. Even in one-day cricket, he was able to score and in T20 cricket he’s been able to score runs with that plan being adopted by opponents. I don’t necessarily see it as a weakness but they can keep approaching that way if they want,” he added.

Smith suffered a concussion last year as he was hit on the helmet by Jofra Archer throughout the Ashes and he was subsequently focused by New Zealand’s Neil Wagner final 12 months.

The right-handed batsman additionally missed the ODI sequence towards England this 12 months on account of a concussion he suffered within the nets. Smith had a lean IPL as he scored simply 311 runs in 14 innings for Rajasthan Royals with three half-centuries.

“They (India) had a clear plan early on in the innings where they had a leg gully, a deep square, and a man deep in front of square and everyone up on the offside in the powerplay,” McDonald mentioned.

“That’s a tactic that they’ve used before and as I said it’s probably to negate the runs that he scores and try and give themselves the best opportunity to potentially get him out in that area. But he was able to combat that in India last time. He got a magnificent 131 in the last ODI at Bangalore and he made a significant contribution at Rajkot. But he”s had that before and he’s worked his way through it and I see this series as being no different in the way that he approaches,” he added.

Indian skipper Kohli will simply be taking part in one Test towards Australia, after which he’ll head again dwelling after being granted paternity depart by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

During the 2018-19 sequence, India managed to file their first Test sequence win on Australian soil. Kohli-led aspect ultimately gained the sequence 2-1 and now they might be trying to retain the Border Gavaskar Trophy.


The first Test between India and Australia will start from December 17 on the Adelaide Oval and this match can be a day-night contest.

The four-match sequence can be part of the World Test Championship (WTC). Australia and India are on the prime two spots within the WTC standings.

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