Australia weakened by Smith and Warner’s absence: Mohammed Shami

They are preparing for the upcoming challenge down under and want to get it right as early as possible.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The Indian team heavily relies on this energetic crop of fast bowler now and Mohammed Shami has assured that preparations are well on course. The Indian players are watching video footages of their opponents in order to get an idea about the line and length that they should be bowling. Their pace attack managed to soar above expectations in both South Africa and England, however, it’s their batting that let them to shattering series defeats.

Against an Australian team, that has been struggling in all the departments, India will certainly fancy their chances, especially in the longest format. Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, and Ishant Sharma could constitute the pace bowling attack for the first Test starting December 6th at the Adelaide Oval. Shami took a five-wicket haul in Johannesburg during the only Test win that India recorded on the tour of South Africa earlier this year. He ended the series with 15 wickets from three Tests.

While the right-arm pacer admitted that the Australian side has weakened in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner he is aware of the unpredictability of the side and their home advantage and not taking them lightly. Nevertheless, there are reports that the duo might have an outside chance of being reconsidered.

“As a fast-bowling unit, we did well in England. We are preparing for the Australia series and watching a lot of videos. The plan is to focus on the series as much as possible since the opponents are strong. We will work on getting the line and length right,” he was quoted as saying by India TV.

“We will always try to do our best. Winning also depends upon luck. We will give our 100 percent,” Shami added. “If those two don’t play, the Australians will be weakened. But it is important to stick to your plans and work on your strengths.”

He who was part of the squad in the recently concluded ODI and Test series against Windies. Shami returned home and visited the Eden Garden when his home team Bengal was playing Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy.

Where does Shami stand in India’s World Cup plans?

The Bengal speedster was also asked about his chances in the upcoming World Cup to which he said, “It depends upon who is fit and who is not during that time. My performance will be evaluated and I will expect to get a chance if I do well.

“If I don’t, I have to accept that too. That is too far away and we always think about the next series and that is more important for us.” he concluded.

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