IND vs AUS: David Warner's absence will test home side's depth against quality Indian attack, says Smith

IND vs AUS Test Series: As David Warner has been ruled out from the famous 'Pink-ball' Adelaide Test, kick-starting from December 17. The former Australian captain has said that Warner's absence will test the home side's depth against a quality Indian attack.

By Mohit Sindhu, Updated : Dec 10, 2020 11:37 IST
IND vs AUS: David Warner's absence will test home side's depth against quality Indian attack, says Smith
IND vs AUS Test Series news

IND vs AUS Test Series News: Former Australian captain Steve Smith has said that Indian deadly pacer Ishant Sharma's absence for the Test series will be a big loss for India. Moreover, he also considered that David Warner missing the opening match in Adelaide will be a tough call for the home side's depth against a quality Indian attack. A massive setback already hits Australia ahead of the Test series as Warner has been ruled out from the famous 'Pink-ball' Adelaide Test, while his likely replacement Will Pucovski is recovering from a concussion after being hit by a bouncer during the first practice match against IND A match which resulted in a draw.

Joe Burns, another like-for-like replacement is also struggling for runs, Smith said Australia would figure out well with their batting reserves in their squad against Virat Kohli led Team India. “I think our depth is obviously going to be tested with Davey out and a few potentially new players coming in,” says Smith on Thursday.

Ishant Sharma took 11 wickets at a healthy average of 23.81 on the last India tour of Australia. Meanwhile, he was ruled out of the series last month due to an intestinal injury during IPL 2020. However, Ishant has recovered from the injury but needs at least two weeks of mandatory quarantine on arrival in Australia to get ready for the upcoming much-awaited four-match Test series, kick-starting from Dec 17.

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Steve Smith said "I think our depth is obviously going to be tested with Davey out and a few potential new players coming in," Smith said. "It'll test us out no doubt against a good Indian outfit. We know how good they are at Test cricket. They beat us out here last time and they're a very good side."

"When you bat at No. 3 you are sometimes in the second ball of the game, that's the reality of batting there so, someone at three could certainly go up the top."