India’s fast bowlers will be a big challenge for the current Australian team, but they won’t be as effective as Neil Wagner in bowling bouncers.
No one has ever bowled like Wagner, says Matthew Wade. https://youtu.be/JgEFiXOwkok
As India is preparing for a four-Test tour of Australia this summer, the fact Wagner dismissed Australia’s top three batsmen – Steve Smith, David Warner, and Marnus Labuschagne – a total of 10 times in the series will not go unnoticed by India.
“Teams may try it but I don’t think it will be as successful,” Wade told cricket.com.au.
“I don’t think anyone in the game has bowled bouncers the way he bowled and been so consistent, and not gotten scored off while also picking up wickets.
“I think we’ll see it a bit (from India) but I don’t think it will be as effective as Wagner. He’s done it for a long time now … to be honest I’ve never faced a bowler who is so accurate at bowling bouncers.”
Wade said the series against India will be a difficult challenge for Tim Paine’s men.
“Everyone, although they might not admit it, is looking towards that Indian series. It’s going to be hard work. They (India) are a fierce team. They’re as hard a team as I’ve ever played in terms of the way they compete.
“Led by Virat, you can see the way he goes about it on the field, you can see what it means to him and he drives all those guys, they jump on the back of him. It’s going to be as big a challenge as this team has faced for the 12 months we’ve been together.”
In 2018-19 India defeated Australia by 2-1, but Smith and Warner were banned at that time. This time it will be a more difficult situation for Virat Kohli’s men. And since then Wade has marked himself a reliable middle-order batsman.
And since then Australia has won the Ashes cup, thrashed New Zealand to register 3-0 clean sweep earlier this year.
India is expected to reach Australia in late November just after the ending of the IPL in UAE.