Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith called former captain Ian Chappell’s statement advocating protecting the batsmen from short pitch balls as ‘bizarre’ and said that short balls are part of the game. Chappell, a popular sports expert, had rejected the ban on bouncers, but in the face of growing cases of head injury and dizziness, he spoke of tightening the rules to protect lower-order batsmen.
Smith, however, does not agree with this suggestion. “It seems Ian Chappell is making bizarre statements after every match at the moment,” Smith told ‘SEN Mornings’. He said, ‘From my point of view short balls are part of the game. We have seen for years that a lot of good struggle has been witnessed and I do not think they can be declared illegal.
Smith insisted that he had no problem bowling the lower order batsmen of the fast bowlers for short. A lot of cases of head injury and dizziness occurred before the Test series between India and Australia, after which the debate about the fast bowlers using the bouncers intensified.