Steve Smith To Adopt Innovative Tactic To Counter Ravichandran Ashwin
It is obvious that Australia are in a serious dilemma even before their Test series against India commences in Pune from 23rd February. In the form of Matt Renshaw, David Warner, Shaun Marsh and Usman Khawaja, if selected, they have 4 southpaws in their top order. Keeping in mind the form of India’s gun bowler Ashwin, the Australian top order is bound for some serious trouble if Ashwin begins to hit the right patches.
Considering this very obvious threat, skipper Steven Smith has come up with an innovative tactic indeed to counter the Indian off-spinner. Smith, who bats at 4, is likely to promote himself up the order at 3 to shield the other left-handers. This means that Shaun Marsh in all probability would bat at number 4 after Smith.
“It depends on what make-up of team we go with,” Smith said when quizzed about Australia’s likely batting order for the series opener in Pune’s MCA Stadium.
“Probably a good chance I’ll be at three if we do have the three left-handers, just to break it up a bit.”Good chance I will be at three but it’ll depend on the make-up of the team.”
Smith went on to highly praise his IPL teammate R. Ashwin for his recent feats as the spinner became the quickest bowler to get to 250 Test scalps. Ashwin achieved the feat in just 45 Test matches.
“I know Ashwin is a quality bowler,” Smith said. “He’s got great skills. “He presents different seam positions for what the wicket entails.
“He’s a class bowler and he’s very accurate the way he bowls, and he hits the right areas consistently. “So guys have plans in place to play him, now it’s about being able to implement those plans under pressure in the heat of the moment. “Hopefully we can counteract what he brings at us.”
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