Sydney: Ahead of their high-voltage semi-final clash against India, Australia's batsman Steve Smith said India's target to play on a supposed Australian vulnerability against the short ball could backfire on the defending champions.
Steve Smith in a net session at Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday. Pic/Getty Images
Pakistani fast bowler Wahab Riaz's wonder spell in the quarter-final prompted some people, led by former Pakistan captain and 1992 World Cup winning team member Inzamam-ul-Haq, to say the left-armer had exposed an Australian weakness against short and express bowling.
Australia's future captain is adamant they do not have any headaches in general against short stuff and doubts the ploy will work at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
"I don't think so. A couple of guys have got out to the short ball and that is just part and parcel of the game. You have got to get out some way," Smith was quoted as saying by Sydney Morning Herald.
'It might suit us'
"For us, we are expecting them to come out and potentially bowl a little bit too short for this wicket. If they try and jam them on this wicket, it might suit us with these quick boundaries. It could play into our hands," he added.
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