Former Australian skipper Steve Smith has opened up on Australia’s plans of tackling the Indian pacers in the upcoming Test series, especially Jasprit Bumrah. Bumrah has been one of the best fast bowlers in world cricket in the last couple of years.
Team India will be without the services of two of their key pacers which include Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar as both the bowlers have been ruled out of the Australian tour as they are suffering from injuries sustained during IPL 2020.
Steve Smith Opens Up On Tackling Indian Pacers In The Test Series
“I don’t know if I will do anything specific but yeah (this will be the) first time I will have face him in long form cricket. But I think his skill sets won’t probably change too much. We know how he bowls,” Smith said.
“He has got a good pace. He has got that awkward action, very different to lot of people. You got to be pretty watchful all the time and he is a quality bowler,” said Smith on being asked if he has planned anything specific against Jasprit Bumrah for the Test series,” Steve Smith further stated.
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“I am excited at coming up against him in this series. You like coming up against the best and he is certainly up there with them. They are a good line-up. Pretty experienced. Shami has played a lot of cricket, Jasprit Bumrah has played a reasonable amount of cricket,” Smith further said.
“He is a quality bowler. Whichever spinner they use, (Ravichandran)Ashwin or (Ravindra) Jadeja or Kuldeep (Yadav), I am not sure – we’ll wait and see, but they’ve all played a fair bit of cricket now,” said Smith.
“Their third quick hasn’t played as much cricket whoever they go with there. They are all good bowlers and yeah, we are going to be at our best as a batting group. This summer, we are going to beat them. Ishant Sharma is probably a big loss for them. He has obviously played a lot of cricket now and he is a good bowler. So yeah, maybe without him, their bowling attack may not be their strongest. I am sure they would have loved him to play,” he added.
The India team’s Test campaign against Australia will begin from December 17 as the first Test will get underway at the Adelaide Oval. The first Test will be a Day-Night Pink-Ball Test match, which will be the first Day-Night Test match between India and Australia.