Smith, Warner to help Aussie bowlers combat Kohli
The absence of former Australia skipper Steve Smith in the upcoming Test series against India may come as a blessing in disguise, as he is going to play a new role to bring the visitors down.
As Smith is serving a 12-month suspension from elite cricket for his role in the ball-tampering scandal, he will have to give the India Tests a miss. Still he has the opportunity to play a role in the mission to get the better of Virat Kohli.
The former world No.1 batsman, in invitation of the Australia bowlers, is going to join net sessions in the lead-up to the first Test against India. He will help the bowlers to learn the technique how to be prepared the current best batsman in the world.
Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins, instead of taking part in the Sheffield Shield round, will focus on their training, as well as bowl to Smith.
“(Smith is) someone the three of us have bowled a fair bit to over the last little while at training,” Starc said. “To get the view of a batsman who is facing us, get his opinion on how we’re tracking, is always great as well.
“There’s talking bowling coaches then there’s talking to the guys you’re bowling to. That’s a great opportunity to have him face us in our preparation leading up to the Tests,” he added.
In the meantime, another batsman David Warner has already been helping the Australian bowlers. He went to the SCG nets on Sunday afternoon to face the star quicks who will lead Australia’s attack.