New Zealand might have lost the first Test assuredly but their win with the shot-ball ploy at Perth has shown a gesture of the blueprint that the guests can adopt for the remaining series.
However, Australian opener David Warner admits that they might be misusing the little help that they can find at Melbourne Cricket Ground [MCG] if they still hold onto the short-ball tactic.
“If they’re talking about it being a green wicket and they bowl short, isn’t it a waste attempt?” Warner stated that on Sunday (December 22), he also mentioned that the Australian batsmen will be ready for what looks like a good plan by Neil Wager and team anyway.
“It’s just a game and if Wags (Kiwi paceman Neil Wagner) does what he does, then accordingly we will have to play.”
Pace should be considered ?
Even though Wagner and Southee don’t blame about the pace that makes batsmen hard to manage. But it intrigues them to try the pull shot anyway, opening up wicket-taking opportunities.
Most of the batsmen tumbled to that trick in the first Test, including Steven Smith, who had a rare Test in which he backslides from making a big score in both the innings.
“It’s usually us dodging a ball at 150 km/h. It is a little bit amateurish with the height he (Wagner) comes from,” he further told. “We think that genuinely we can play it at a pace, then all we have got is enough time to get out of the way.”
Anyways, Warner believes if Australia batsmen control on their lure and decrease the risk. The short-balls might allow them to get easy runs.
“With the field they set, we can play the percentages. It’s very difficult to score. We can score if it’s in the right. From a left-hander’s point of view, you’ve got so many fielders but we’ve got no power to get onto the ball from that angle.”
“It’s just an element of betting your time. Which can happen if one comes off your hip you can try and rotate it? You must always have in the back of the mind what is the game plan.”