Warner warns NZ of short-ball ploy backfiring


SYDNEY: New Zealand may have lost the first Test emphatically but their success with the short-ball tactic under lights at Perth has given an indication of the blueprint that the visitors could adopt for the rest of the series. However, Australian opener David Warner believes they would be wasting whatever little assistance that could be on offer at MCG if they continue to stick to the short-ball ploy. “If they’re talking about it being a green wicket and they bowl short, then you are probably wasting it aren’t you?” Warner said on Sunday (December 22), adding that Australian batsmen would be ready for what seems like a likely plan by Neil Wagner & Co. anyway. “For us it’s just another game and if Wags (Kiwi paceman Neil Wagner) does what he does normally, then we just have to play it accordingly.” Even as Wagner and Southee don’t charge in with the pace that makes batsmen uncomfortable but it tempts them to play the pull shot anyway, opening up wicket-taking opportunities. Most of the batsmen fell to that ploy in the first Test, including Steven Smith, who had a rare Test in which he failed to score big in both the innings.

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