Though the brief ball has thwarted Steve Smith on a number of events over the past 18 months, Australian assistant coach Andrew McDonald will not be fazed by a possible bouncer barrage from the Indians this summer time.
After Smith was struck within the neck in the course of the 2019 Ashes collection — subsequently lacking the third Take a look at at Headingley with concussion — a number of bowlers have tried to derail the No. 1 Take a look at batsman with short-pitched bowling directed on the physique.
The tactic proved an efficient technique for the New Zealanders final summer time, with left-armer Neil Wagner frequently dismissing Smith with bouncers.
The 31-year-old then suffered a second concussion in September after he was struck within the head throughout a web session in England.
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Regardless of Smith’s ongoing points with the brief ball, McDonald doesn’t think about it a weak spot in his batting.
“I do know inside a Take a look at match he had that second with Archer the place he bought him,” McDonald mentioned on Sunday.
“However by way of coming again off that, he was nonetheless in a position to rating runs. Even in one-day cricket and T20 cricket, he’s been in a position to rating runs with that plan being adopted by opponents.
“So, I don’t essentially see it as a weak spot … they will preserve approaching it that method if they need.”
Together with worldwide duties, McDonald additionally coached Smith’s Rajasthan Royals within the current Indian Premier League.
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India trialled a bouncer barrage on Smith in the course of the three-match ODI collection in January, however the Australian maestro responded with scores of 98 and 131.
“They’d a transparent plan early on within the innings,” McDonald mentioned. “They’d a leg gully, a deep sq. and a deep man simply in entrance of sq. they usually had everybody up on the off-side in the course of the Powerplay.
“In order that’s a tactic they’ve used earlier than, and it’s in all probability to negate the runs that he scores and to try to give themselves one of the best alternative to probably get him out in that space.
“However he was in a position to fight that in India final time … so he’s had that earlier than and he’s labored his method via it. I see this collection being no totally different in the way in which he approaches it.
“They’ve used it earlier than and he’s carried out properly with it earlier than so I’m suggesting that plan hasn’t essentially labored to its full impact.
“He’s engaged on it as he usually would and there doesn’t appear to be any type of deficiency there.”
The primary ODI between Australia and India will happen on the SCG on Friday.
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