Ravichandran Ashwin, who is one of the cleverest bowlers, once again got better off Steve Smith in the first innings of the second Test on Boxing Day in Melbourne. But this time, Australia’s batting mainstay was sent pavilion without opening his account. Michael Hussey has heaped praise on Team India’s tactic to tackle Smith. According to him, the visitors have found a loophole in Aussie’s batting technique and have likely exposed it.
I think it is a good tactic: Michael Hussey
Michael Hussey, who is one of the greatest cricket brains, explained that Indian bowlers were targeting at Smith’s stumps and not give him easy runs in off-stumps. They are placing a leg-side field and it has paid rich dividends so far in the series.
‘There’s definitely been a shift from this Indian team. In the past, because Steve Smith walks across the crease so much, teams have bowled wide to him, and with that, they set a more off-side field and hope he’s going to hit the ball through there.’ But I think this Indian team have gone the other way. They know his strength is off the pads, so they’ve put fielders there to block up the runs but then bowled straight at the stumps, so he just has to miss one or edge one – he is human and can get something wrong – and unfortunately it has worked.”
”I think it is a good tactic because if he is taking all of his weight across the crease, sometimes you can fall over a little bit too much and means you’re prone to LBW or your head isn’t in line with the ball, and you can flick one on the leg side,” Michael Hussey added.
In the first Test as well, Ravichandran Ashwin trapped Steve Smith with his astute technique in the first innings at Adelaide Oval.
Meanwhile, India bundled out Australia for 195 runs on the first day of the Test match. They are trailing by 159 runs and Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara will continue bowling on day two.
Ravi Ashwin has Steve Smith!
The Aussie departs for a duck ?
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