Australia are unfazed by the potential of an Indian short-ball assault against Steve Smith this summer, with assistant coach Andrew McDonald pointing to the most recent meeting between the sides as proof the star batter can combat the strategy.
Smith, the worlds top-ranked Test batter, has shown some signs of fallibility against short-pitched pace bowling in the past 18 months; he was concussed by a Jofra Archer bouncer at Lords last year, while Kiwi speedster Neil Wagner had him dismissed four times with short balls last summer.
McDonald, Australias assistant and Smiths IPL coach, pointed out that the right-hander made an Ashes double century at Old Trafford not long after the Archer incident at Lords, while he also thrived against a predominantly leg-side field on a one-day tour of India in January.
"But in terms of coming back off that, he was still able to score runs. Even in one-day cricket and T20 cricket, hes been able to score runs with that plan being adopted by opponents.
McDonald filled in for Justin Langer as head coach for a three-match ODI series in India earlier this year, where Smith posted scores of 98 and 131 after the hosts employed some attacking fielders on the leg side early in his innings.
McDonald expects to see a similar plan to several of Australias top-order batters in the upcoming Dettol ODI Series, which starts on Friday, to limit their scoring options down the ground.