Steve Smith dissects his unusual batting approach: The Australian batsman was vocal about his “unique” batting practice in the nets.
Australia batsman Steve Smith finding a place in Australia’s Playing XI fir their warm-up match against Derbyshire in Derby tomorrow has it in it to be the most relieving news for the fans of Australian cricket.
Smith, who missed the third Test after coping a nasty blow from England fast bowler Jofra Archer, will be looking to continue his stellar form in the series. A three-day practice match before the fourth Test at Old Trafford should be an ideal preparation for Smith.
Other than Smith, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh and the fast bowling duo of Mitchell Starc and Michael Nesser will also take the field at the Country ground. Yet to play a Test, the trio will be fresh and eager to press their case in front of the Australian team management.
Steve Smith dissects his unusual batting approach
There is a certain notion about Smith’s preparation in the nets. It is believed that the Aussie batsman is fond of playing plentiful balls in the nets before any match. On being asked about his strange procedure, Smith gave an even stranger explanation behind the same.
“It’s not a certain amount of balls [that I face before a match]. Believe it or not, I think I’ve said this a few times, I actually forget how I hold the bat, believe it or not. So, I actually try and find that.
“Sometimes it takes me 10 balls, sometimes I go in straight away and it’s fine, sometimes it takes me a couple of hundred balls. But when I get that feel, it’s a look thing for me. When it looks right behind my foot, that’s when I know I’m good to go and I usually say it straight away to Hicky [Graeme Hick], I’ll say ‘I’m good. I’m on fire here. That’s good. We’re ready to play’,” Smith was quoted as saying.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) August 28, 2019
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