Steve Smith doesn’t have the soundest of techniques as per the textbook. But he has a style of his own and one can’t complain about it as he has an average in excess of 60 in Test cricket. The numbers are only second best to the great Sir Donald Bradman, which shows how much Smith has found success with his unorthodox style of play. The right-hander shuffles a lot in the crease.
It seems to be a tactic to put a bowler of his line and length. There have been instances when he dragged deliveries from way outside the off-stump and hit them into the leg side, much to the surprise of many. Now, he has shown his own style of leaving balls outside the off-stump.
The leaves may look hilarious to the naked eye, but that’s how Smith has flourished in his cricket career. Smith is currently plying his trade in the second Ashes Test versus England at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground in London. Steve has been in prime form with the bat in hand off late.
In conditions conducive to seam bowling, Smith left the balls pretty funnily. The 30-year-old literally danced around, sometimes lifting his leg, sometimes showing his back and sometimes jumping around. The video of his leaves was shared by Alex Hartley, the England women’s cricketer.
Here is the video
— Alexandra Hartley (@AlexHartley93) August 16, 2019
Steve Smith in for another massive task
In the first Test at the Edgbaston in Birmingham, Smith bailed his team out of jail in both the innings, scoring centuries. It fetched him the Player of the Match award. Now even at the Home of Cricket, the Sydney-born is required to pull off something special. After the Aussies restricted the Three Lions to 258, they lost both their openers- David Warner and Cameron Bancroft- in quick succession.
Smith came to bat with the score at 60/2 in 22.5 overs. At lunch on the third day, Smith was unbeaten on 13 off 40 balls with a couple of fours. At the other end, he saw the wickets of Usman Khawaja and Travis Head go down. Needless to say that Smith has to step up yet another time.
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