Former Australia fast-bowler Glenn McGrath has slammed Steve Smith and other batsmen for their poor batting display in the ongoing Test series against India. Australia’s batting has failed to do well in three of the four innings so far with the only exception being the second innings of the Adelaide Test where they were chasing a modest 90.
The hosts are yet to touch the 200-run mark in the series. In the first innings of the Adelaide Test, they were all out for 191 but went on to win the Test thanks to a stunning display from their bowlers. India were all out for a paltry 36 and Australia chased down the required 90 runs to take the lead in the four-match series.
Their batting performance in the ongoing Test has been poor too and they are now on the verge of a loss. In the first innings, the home side could only score 195 before India piled up 326 to take a 131-run lead. In the second innings too, Australia’s batsmen failed to get going. At one stage, they were reeling at 99 for 6 before an unbeaten stand between Pat Cummins and Cameron Green helped them end the day on 133 for 6.
And as Australia continue to struggle with the bat, Glenn McGrath has expressed his concerns over the same. The bowling legend has said that there were “question marks on quite a few players” even before the series started. He also did not shy away from talking about Steve Smith’s failure as the Australia batting mainstay has registered scores of 1, 1*, 0 and 8 so far.
“It is a concern, it has been a concern for little while now. If you see this series as a whole, the Australian batting line up, there has been a question around it even before this series. It was only one stint in Adelaide which turned tide in their favour and they won that game.
There are a lot of question marks on quite a few players and the player which everyone was looking to see in Steve Smith has only scored 10 runs I think. He hasn’t fired yet, there are quite a few concerns in the batting line up, the bowler are doing their job again, so what can you say,” Glenn McGrath said on Sony Networks.