‘Not easy to defend let alone come out and swing’ – Smith doubts Bazball can cope with this Aussie attack

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 07: Steven Smith of Australia bats during day one of the ICC World Test Championship Final between Australia and India at The Oval on June 07, 2023 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Davidson-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

Steve Smith has cast further doubt over whether England will be able to execute their fearless batting approach in the Ashes, asking again if it is possible for ‘Bazball’ to work against Australia.

Australia’s quicks had batsmen jumping all over the crease in their first bowl of the tour on Thursday, leaving India 5-151 at stumps on day two of the World Test Championship.

Australia are already well ahead of the game after striking 469 in their first innings, putting them on track for not only a world title but a perfect Ashes lead in.

In an action-packed afternoon at The Oval, India batsman Ajinkya Rahane was hit on both the helmet and the hand, requiring medical treatment after the latter blow.

Virat Kohli was also dismissed to a ball that reared up at him from Mitchell Starc, striking him on the glove on the way to Smith at second slip.

What. A. Ball.

A brute from Starc to get the HUGE wicket of Kohli!#WTC23 |

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