Steve Smith was heckled by the England fans last summer during his international cricket return after serving ban for ball-tampering scandal. The former Australia captain however took the boos and jeers in a positive manner and silenced the critics with his performances. However, it will be a completely different scene when Australia play England in the limited-overs format this year.
Australia on Sunday departed for their tour to England. They will be staying in a bio-bubble environment devoid of fans to ensure their health and safety. Steve Smith, arguably the best Test batsman today, said that he likes to bat in England but will miss the boos and jeers as there will be no crowd to egg on him.
“I do like batting there,” Steve Smith said.
“But unfortunately there’s no crowd there to egg me on and give me a bit more motivation.
“Still, there is going to be plenty of eyes on the TV and it is going to be great to be back out there playing,” he added.
Smith is among the finest cricketers of modern-era. After serving his ban for the sandpaper gate, Steve Smith showed he has not lost touch, as he reclaimed his top Test ranking by dethroning Virat Kohli. His batting average in Test cricket tells a lot himself as he also been compared with Sir Don Bradman.
Following the completion of ban imposed on him due to ball-tampering scandal, Smith started from where he left as he went on to score 774 runs at an average of 110.57 from four Tests against England in the Ashes. However, Steve Smith feels that he has some unfinished business left in the traditional series.
The top-order batsman started his career as a leg-spinner. Smith started batting in a more advanced position in 2010-11. He took up the sixth position as a batsman in the Ashes and produced solid performances.
In 2013-14, he found his breakthrough. After being included in the series against India in place of four dropped players, he displayed solid performances and continued to grow as a batsman.
Today, he averages over 62 in the longest format of the game.