Its that time of the year. The much anticipated international series is here. India to take on Australians in their own backyard and in what was a cricket deprived year, the cricket fans all around the world would be awaiting this high quality series where two of the cricket leaders will lock horns with each other.
India won the series down under last time around and created history but that was against the so called Steve Smith and David Warner less Australian side. The series gains more attention this time around because of the presence of these 2 superstars for Australia.
Steve Smith was the difference between Australia retaining the Ashes and losing it. He was a colossal in England but he didn’t create much of an impact in the home summer against New Zealand where he was troubled continuously by short balls.
‘It’s no dramas for me. I just play the game and sum up the conditions, how they’re trying to get me out and being able to counter that,” Steve Smith told when talking about the series to the News Corp.
Steve Smith was all in praise for Neil Wagner and his accuracy to nail the bouncers that continuously troubled the Australian batsmen. Neil Wagner dismissed Steve Smith for 4 times in the 3 match test series earlier this year by using the body line tactics against him.
“I mean, a few different oppositions have tried it and they’ve certainly found it more difficult to [execute it] the way Wagner did. He’s got an amazing skill set where his speeds go up and down…everything is between your ribs and your head,” Steve Smith added
It is no secret that Steve Smith and his clone Marnus Labuschagne are the biggest threats for India in the test series but the other batsmen in the team are more than capable of taking the game away from India. Steve Smith was confident that the body line bowling will take a toll on bowler’s body that can be utilized by other members in the team
“If teams are trying to get me out like that it’s probably a big benefit for the team because it takes a lot out of people’s bodies if you continually bowl short. I’ve faced a lot of short bowling in my life and I haven’t had too many stresses with it. I suppose we’ll just wait and see,” Smith concluded
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