Shane Bond outlines how Jasprit Bumrah can do “all sorts of damage” to the Aussie batting squad


India will take on Australia in the much-awaited four-match Test series in Adelaide from December 17. While the Team India wouldn’t get the service of their pace spearhead Ishant Sharma due to his injury, Jasprit Bumrah will lead the pace attack in his absence but he has less experience with the pink ball. While he is yet to give his best shot, Bumrah hasn’t been played a Test match with the pink ball as well.

However, former New Zealand speedster Shane Bond recently said that India’s key pace bowler can trouble the opponent if he manages to get the pink ball during the twilight period. Notably, Australia has tasted a fair share of success in the 7 pink-ball Tests they have played so far as they won all.

It is also noteworthy that, India won the Test series Down Under in 2018-19, where the pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma troubled Australia. However, that Australia team didn’t feature their key players – David Warner and Steve Smith as they were banned due to their involvement in the infamous ball-tampering scandal as well.

However, this time both of them are parts of the squad, although Warner wouldn’t play the first Test as he has been ruled out due to injury. While speaking to AAP, Bond has said that Jasprit Bumrah has done well before and he always tries different ways to bring changes on the field which is considered as one of his greatest strengths as well.

“If he has the ball at the right time of night and it’s reasonably new then he can banana it both ways at 145k plus and do all sorts of damage,” said Shane Bond who is known for his lethal bowling as well. “I’m sure the tour is going to get better for Booms … he’ll be a real handful and is the sort of bowler who can very quickly change a game if he gets it right.”

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