Friday, 3 December 2021

Steve Smith tells teams to be wary of India’s pacers

Steve Smith

CHENNAI: Australia were undone by spin in the first one-day international but skipper Steve Smith has warned his side need to be ready for India’s other bowling weapons.

The tourists were frustrated by wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, who took five wickets between them, to go down by 26 runs as they chased a rain-shortened target of 164 in 21 overs.

Australia had brought in local bowler KK Jiyas ahead of Sunday’s game to practise facing a left-arm wrist spinner and Smith said the performance in Chennai was disappointing but that his side have got to be ready for more.

“We certainly haven’t just been focusing on wrist spin. We’ve been facing our fast bowlers in the nets and other net bowlers as well,” Smith said. “There hasn’t just been that focus on spin bowling, that’s for sure. India have some quality seamers as well.”It was fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya who rattled the Australian top order before the spinners moved in.

Leg-spinner Chahal and Yadav also slipped in a few knuckle balls — bowled with fingertips and released in a way to reduce any kind of rotation on the ball — for shock value.

Smith insisted there were no surprises in the game, as Australia had prepared for all challenges.

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