Australia’s Matthew Wade reveals why Indian bowlers might not be able to match Neil Wagner’s bouncer barrage | Crickit
close_game
close_game

Australia’s Matthew Wade reveals why Indian bowlers might not be able to match Neil Wagner’s bouncer barrage

Hindustan Times | Byhindustantimes.com
Jul 31, 2020 06:55 PM IST

Australian wicket-keper batsman Matthew Wade in a recent interview has lauded Wagner for his ability to bowl accurate bouncers. Looking ahead at the upcoming series against India, Wade opined that India fast bowlers too would look to take a leaf out of Wagner’s book but might not succeed like the Kiwi.

Australia dominated their home series against New Zealand last summer, winning 3-0 against a Kiwi team which was expected to give tough competition to the Aussies. New Zealand’s overall Test record against Australia is pretty dismal, and they have won only one series on Australian soil, which came in the mid-eighties.

New Zealand's Neil Wagner bowls on day two of the third cricket test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.(AP)
New Zealand's Neil Wagner bowls on day two of the third cricket test match between Australia and New Zealand at the Sydney Cricket Ground in Sydney, Australia Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020.(AP)

New Zealand have in fact not won a Test series against Australia in the last 30 years, drawing three and losing 10. While Kane Williamson’s team was whitewashed in the last series, one man who stood out with his performance was medium pacer Neil Wagner.

The left arm seamer is not counted among the best in the world, but his consistency and ability to unsettle batsmen is something which is well known. He bowls the short ball with great precision and found a lot of success with it in Australia on the last tour.

ALSO READ: ‘He could’ve been the youngest ever’: When Danny Morrison denied Sachin Tendulkar an elusive century

Australian wicket-keper batsman Matthew Wade in a recent interview has lauded Wagner for his ability to bowl accurate bouncers. Looking ahead at the upcoming series against India, Wade opined that India fast bowlers too would look to take a leaf out of Wagner’s book but might not succeed like the Kiwi.

“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,” Wade told cricket.com.au.

“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.”

Indian pacers might want to accept this challenge, as they too had their time under the sun on the last tour down under. The likes of Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami were at their best on the last tour as India registered a 2-1 series win in Australia, their first ever down under.

But teh challenge will be tougher this time around as the duo of Steve Smith and David Warner is back and Marnus Labuschagne has shaped up to be an elite Test batsman.

Catch every big hit, every wicket with Crickit, a one stop destination for Live Scores, Match Stats, Infographics & much more. Explore now!

See more

Stay informed with the latest Cricket News, India vs Zimbabwe Live Score, cricket players, match schedules and ICC rankings. Keep an eye on your favourite cricket team, including the stellar performances of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Check out the cricket schedule, track team standings, and dive into player stats and rankings on the Crickit by HT website and app.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
SHARE
Story Saved
Live Score
Saved Articles
Following
My Reads
Sign out
New Delhi 0C
Sunday, July 14, 2024
Start 14 Days Free Trial Subscribe Now
Follow Us On