Though the brief ball has thwarted Steve Smith on a number of events during the last 18 months, Australian assistant coach Andrew McDonald shouldn’t be fazed by a possible bouncer barrage from the Indians this summer season.

After Smith was struck within the neck in the course of the 2019 Ashes sequence — subsequently lacking the third Check at Headingley with concussion — a number of bowlers have tried to derail the No. 1 Check batsman with short-pitched bowling directed on the physique.

The tactic proved an efficient technique for the New Zealanders final summer season, with left-armer Neil Wagner usually dismissing Smith with bouncers.

The 31-year-old then suffered a second concussion in September after he was struck within the head throughout a internet 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 point in his batting.

“I do know inside a Check match he had that second with Archer the place he obtained 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 point … they will preserve approaching it that means if they need.”

Together with worldwide duties, McDonald additionally coached Smith’s Rajasthan Royals within the latest Indian Premier League.

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India trialled a bouncer barrage on Smith in the course of the three-match ODI sequence 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. and so they 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 most likely to negate the runs that he scores and to attempt to give themselves the most effective 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 means by means of it. I see this sequence being no totally different in the way in which he approaches it.

“They’ve used it earlier than and he’s executed nicely 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 kind of deficiency there.”

The primary ODI between Australia and India will happen on the SCG on Friday.


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