Nepal | August 16, 2020

Independence Day 2020

India won’t be able to replicate Wagner’s bounce, says Australia’s Wade

Share Now:

MELBOURNE: Australia batsman Matthew Wade expects India’s pacemen to make use of the short ball when they tour Down Under but says none will be as effective as New Zealand’s Neil Wagner with the bouncer.

Wade was left battered and bruised after short-pitched assaults by Wagner when New Zealand toured in the last home summer and paid tribute to the fiery left-armer.

“I don’t think anyone in the game has bowled bouncers the way he bowled and been so consistent, and not gotten scored off while also picking up wickets,” Wade told Cricket Australia’s website (

“I think we’ll see it a bit (from India) but I don’t think it will be as effective as Wagner. He’s done it for a long time now.

“To be honest, I’ve never faced a bowler who is so accurate at bowling bouncers.”

Though Wagner made his mark with 17 wickets, including multiple dismissals of Australia’s best batsmen Steve Smith, David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne, Tim Paine’s side dominated the Black Caps to claim the test series 3-0.

India were more successful in the previous summer, becoming the first Asian team to win a test series in Australia with a 2-1 result.

Australia were without Smith and Warner for that series, who were serving suspensions for ball-tampering.

However, India’s pace attack of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma bowled superbly throughout the series and humbled the hosts’ vaunted trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood on their own pitches.

Wade said Wagner’s angles and accuracy would nonetheless be hard for India’s quicks to reproduce.

“He’s always between your shoulder and the top of your (helmet) peak, or in your armpits,” said Wade.

“They barely had anyone in front of the wicket. They had really cagey fields, catchers in good places, they were trying to take wickets all the time, it wasn’t negative bowling.

“Hats off to him, he bowled unbelievably well.”

Australia meet India in a four-test series starting in Brisbane on Dec. 3.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

In Pictures: The monsoon woes

KATHMANDU: Due to poor drainage system along the roads in Kathmandu valley, motorists and pedestrians face difficulties to commute, during the monsoon season. Read More...

Govt’s failure to ensure timely fertiliser to hit paddy yield

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 14 The government has not been able to ensure smooth supply of fertiliser and that could dash farmers’ hope of a good yield as paddy plantation was completed in time this year. Earlier, the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development had promised farmers that it would Read More...

44 feared dead in Sindhupalchowk landslide

KAVRE, AUGUST 14 Forty-four people are feared dead after a landslide swept away 37 houses in Lidi in Jugal Rural Municipality, Sindhupalchowk, this morning. Bodies of 10 locals have been recovered from the landslide debris, while 34 people have gone missing. Among the bodies recovered by Nepal Read More...

Supreme Court cuts down workload amidst COVID pandemic

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 14 The Supreme Court today decided to close its non-urgent court proceedings till August 31 due to spike in coronavirus cases. The court issued a press release saying it would allow urgent proceedings to go on unhindered, respecting the rule of social distancing and by adopting Read More...

Govt serving leftists alone, says Sitaula

JHAPA, AUGUST 14 Nepali Congress leader Krishna Prasad Sitaula has accused the government of working for the communists only. “Circumstances after the COVID-19 crisis have shown that the communist government is working for the communists only, not for the entire people. That is why the peopl Read More...

Damak, Jhapa

Community spread of COVID-19 feared in Damak Municipality

JHAPA, AUGUST 14 COVID-19 infection in six persons has fuelled suspicion of community spread of the virus in Jhapa’s Damak Municipality. According to the health department of the municipality, the infected include a girl of Damak-7 and five staffers of Nepal Electricity Authority Damak Distr Read More...

New law empowers local levels to control pollution in their area

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 14 The Environment and Natural Resources Protection Act-2020, enacted for the purpose of all local levels prohibit any person or organisation from causing pollution contrary to the existing standards, that may cause significant adverse impact on public life, human health and env Read More...

Gurkha officer reminisces about heroics of his grandfather

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 14 As the United Kingdom marks the 75th anniversary of ‘Victory over Japan Day,’ a Gurkha officer has paid tribute to his grandfather, who was awarded the Victoria Cross. Rifleman Bhanbhagta Gurung was given the nation’s highest honour for his valour in recognition of h Read More...