Steve Smith opens up on being booed: The Australian batsman didn’t hesitate from speaking about being booed at MCG.
During the first day of the second Test of the ongoing New Zealand’s tour of Australia in Melbourne, Australia batsman Steve Smith was reportedly booed by New Zealand fans when he came in to bat at No. 4 in the 22nd over.
Having scored his 28th Test half-century, Smith remained Australia’s pick of the batsmen on Day 1 and might well decide the course of the match tomorrow.
After New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and invited the hosts in to bat, Australia ended the day at 257/4 in 90 overs. The right-hand batsman scored 77* (192) with the help of eight fours and a six today.
Attending the press conference after Stumps, Smith was asked about the particular incident where the visiting fans didn’t greet him in the best of manner. The 30-year old player appeared to be unperturbed with how the fans reacted upon his arrival at the crease.
“Is that what happened? I have no idea. I don’t really listen when I walk out to bat. Cheering? Booing? Don’t know. I’ve learnt to just block it all out. Regardless, good or bad. Don’t know,” Smith was quoted as saying while interacting with the reporters.
Other than Smith, all-rounder Marnus Labuschagne also played well for his 63 (149) with the help of six fours and a six. With bowling figures of 21-5-48-2, Kiwi all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme was the pick of their bowlers.
Steve Smith opens up on being booed
— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 26, 2019
How Twitterati reacted:
Steve Smith booed as he walks to the crease. Kiwis taking over Boxing Day at the ‘G. #AUSvNZ
— Sam Landsberger 🗯 (@SamLandsberger) December 26, 2019
Can you spot the ball for a Steve Smith leave? 😛 pic.twitter.com/P7f2ANuKCS
— ICC (@ICC) December 26, 2019
With that single Steve Smith moves past Greg Chappell into the top 10 Test run-scorers for Australia.
7111 – SPD Smith
7110 – GS Chappell #AUSvNZ
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 26, 2019
There are many reasons which show that Steve Smith is the best batsman since Bradman. This is among the two or three most compelling ones. His record batting first is unrivaled. pic.twitter.com/etESO73pu4
— cricketingview (@cricketingview) December 26, 2019
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