'This is farcical' - Indian pacers criticised for 'intimidating' tactics against Australia A's No. 11

‘This is farcical’ – Indian pacers criticised for ‘intimidating’ tactics against Australia A’s No. 11

Australia A's No. 11 Harry Conway was welcomed on the crease with a barrage of bouncers by India's fiery pacers.

Harry Conway
Harry Conway. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

Indian pacers’ tactics on day one of the ongoing three-day tour game against Australia A have been questioned with fans and experts expressing their surprise over it. Towards the end of the day, India’s fast-bowlers bowled a barrage of bouncers at Australia A number 11 Harry Conway. One of those bouncers even hit him on his head and eventually led to a mild concussion.

Once Alex Carey (32) fell, the Indian attack targeted Conway, peppering him with short balls until eventually, he was hit on the helmet by a short ball from Mohammed Siraj. Conway called for doctors straightaway but batted on. The torture eventually ended when he let his wicket fall by staying out of his crease after running a single. Conway was the last wicket to fall.

He was also seen talking to the medical staff after the dismissal. The situation was already tough when Conway came out to bat. Facing the pink ball late at night under lights against a quality pace attack was always going to be difficult. And it was made more difficult and almost unplayable by the Indian pacers’ fiery tactics.

Commentators surprised

While the Indian pacers were busy targeting Harry Conway with the barrage of bouncers, commentator Brendon Julian was heard expressing his surprise. He was perplexed as to why Australia A team didn’t declare and made the bowlers face such difficult conditions. He was also not impressed by India’s heavy use of the bouncer against Conway.

“It’s all about just getting hit at the moment and that’s why you just declare, bring them in and say, ‘alright, let’s have a crack at them’. There’s plenty of time to deal with that sort of stuff towards the end of this game but if you’re going to be copping that, you’d want to be dishing that out to the Indian top order, not tomorrow,” he said on air.

“From India’s point of view, I don’t really see any reason why you’ve got to keep doing that,” added Julian. Fellow commentator Kerry O’Keefe, on the other hand, said, “Somebody could get hurt here.”

Fans on Twitter were also questioning the tactic. Here are some of the reactions: