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India may throw gorillas at Steve Smith, but doesn’t see it as her weakness: Australia’s assistant coach McDonald – cricket

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Despite being one of the best batsmen in the world in test cricket, Australian Steve Smith seems to have a definite problem with the quality of short bowls. He suffered a concussion after being hit by a Jofra Archer goalie in the ashes, which gave way to New Zealand targeting Smith with short things and reaping rewards through Neil Wagner. India also has players like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma, who can use the short ball to good effect in the upcoming test series against Smith. Andrew McDonald, Australia’s assistant coach, however, is unfazed by that thought.

McDonald does not see the weakness of the Smith gorillas and said India can prove it if it feels like the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from December 17.

“Even in one day cricket and T20 cricket, he has been able to score runs with that plan adopted by the opponents. So, I don’t necessarily see it as a weakness … they (India) can continue to approach that way if they want, ”McDonald said.

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Virat Kohli and his men gave it a try when Australia played three one-day internationals in India earlier this year, and a repeat of the tactic would not surprise.

“It’s going to be a tactic that a lot of bowling units will use against our best hitters, especially with four men out in one-day cricket,” McDonald said.

“They have used that tactic before and he (Smith) has done well before. I am suggesting that the plan has not necessarily fully worked. “

Smith and David Warner were not part of the Australian team when India recorded their first round of tests on Australian soil the last time they went there in 2018-19. The return of the dynamic duo will give Australia a huge advantage, especially when India’s skipper Kohli flays after the first test match in Adelaide.

India and Australia will meet in the first of three one-day internationals in Sydney on Friday. They will also play three Twenty20 matches before a four-round series begins.

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