India is welcome to subject Steve Smith to a bouncer barrage but the batsman is well-equipped to succeed against such strategy, Australia assistant coach Andrew McDonald said on Sunday.

Smith was concussed by a short-pitched delivery from Jofra Archer at Lord’s last year and was also bounced out several times by New Zealand speedster Neil Wagner last summer.

The top-ranked test batsman can expect similar treatment from India but McDonald is unfazed by the prospect, pointing out that Smith bounced back from the Lord’s concussion with a double century at Old Trafford.

‘Not a weakness’

“Even in one-day cricket and T20 cricket, he’s been able to score runs with that plan being adopted by opponents,” said McDonald.

“So, I don’t necessarily see it as a weakness … they (India) can keep approaching it that way if they want.”

Virat Kohli and his men did try it when Australia played three…

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