Brad Hogg, former Australian left-arm unorthodox spinner was baffled by Team India’s tactics of not trying to get Steve Smith out by short-pitched bowling.
Steve Smith has been vulnerable to the short ball in the recent past, and it was expected that the Indian pace attack of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini would try to dismiss him with it.
Brad Hogg: Indian Bowlers Bowled On A Good Length Despite Steve Smith’s Weakness With Short Ball
However, they continued to bowl fuller lengths, and Steve Smith punished them for the second time in a row, hitting yet another quickfire hundred that helped the Aussies post a mammoth total of 389-4 in their 50 overs.
The Men in Blue ended up 51 runs short of the target, and Australia won the series with one game still to play. Brad Hogg believes that India have missed a massive chance by not trying to unsettle Steve Smith early on in the tour.
“The big issue for me for India was when Steve Smith came out, they didn’t attempt to bounce him out at any stage. They bowled on a good length or a little fuller. I can’t understand that, because Steve Smith’s weakness is with the short-ball,” Brad Hogg said in a video on his YouTube Channel.
“Steve Smith walks around, he was both legs planted and he is a little chest-on. So he can’t duck and leave and has to play the pull shot. You could have set the entire tour up by having Steve Smith on the back foot,” he further added.
Steve Smith scored consecutive centuries as Australia registered maximum score against India breaking their previous record set in the previous match. India had lost the 1st match by 66 runs failing to chase daunting 375.
Brad Hogg Disappointed By Way Of Indian Bowlers Bowling To Glenn Maxwell
Playing a blistering knock of 63 off just 29 balls, Glenn Maxwell propelled Australia to a mammoth total and smashed bowlers all around the park. Each of their top 5 batsmen scored more than 50.
The Indians kept on bowling fuller lengths which allowed the likes of Glenn Maxwell to play his innovative shots. Brad Hogg opined that he was yet another player who could have been unsettled by short-pitched bowling and the Indians missed a trick by not doing so.
“And again Glenn Maxwell, just bowling full yorkers to him so that he can play those reverse sweeps. He is a player that you should bowl the short ball to and they didn’t do it enough,” Brad Hogg said.
The third ODI between India and Australia will be played at Canberra on December 02. While Australia will be looking to go for the kill and complete a series whitewash, the Men in Blue will be keen to end the ODI series on a winning note.
India had lost the previous ODI series against New Zealand too losing all the three matches, although they won T20I series by 5-0.