Michael Clarke suggests Steven Smith to extend International cricket
The predecessor of Steven Smith, Michael Clarke revealed the former has to train his body in a way to maintain and extend his top-flight career and to lead his side to the winning ways.
“The key for him is going to be to sacrifice some training sessions so he can make sure he is still on the park as Australian captain,” Clarke was quoted as saying by Channel Nine Network.
To prevent the untimely injuries, the 36-year-old former Australian skipper Clarke believes Smith is supposed to make his way out of training and grueling net sessions – to prolong thorough while having a massive responsibility on his shoulders.
Clarke’s statement came when he witnessed the New South Wales-based batting prodigy giving his best on the field after training extremely hard in the gym which subsequently saw him sweating out in nets.
“I think he knows his own body and his own game now,” Clarke remarked.
Here it becomes important that Clarke has also struggled with lower back issues which pushed him to think about his concurrent national team skipper, who has had enjoyed a stellar run, particularly in the Test format.
“Once he is 100 per cent comfortable with where he is at, he has got to back himself enough to not train and make those runs in a game,” Clarke added.
In order to save his body, Clarke shoots his advice to Smith for training less while reiterating such procedure would keep his body intact to be available in the foreseeable future.
“I just feel over the next 12 months, he is going to have that down pat if he hasn’t already,” Smith asserted.
It’s pertinent to mention in the contemporary cricket; the professional cricketers are following the painstaking schedule which further includes the gym sessions in a bid to shape up the body which plays a pivotal role in the energy-sapping contests from time-to-time.
Moreover, Smith, who was suffering from a sore back, had already skipped the training at the Sydney Cricket Ground before leading his side on the field during the ongoing fifth and final Ashes Test in Sydney which kicked off on Thursday (January).
“Because he loves hitting so many balls in the nets, he feels like that gives him the confidence to be able to walk out into the middle and play his natural game and play with that technique he has,” Smith added.
The 28-year-old Smith has been at the forefront – to regain the Ashes series in Perth before registering his third hundred of the traditional series.
Since 2014, Smith has amassed 1,000 Test runs in calendar years while topping the list every passing year.
Smith, who had transformed himself into a batsman after starting off his career merely as a leg-spinner had already set his horizon to play across format as long as possible when he grabbed the eyes with his performances in the red-ball cricket.
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