Former Australia skipper Steve Smith has made a historic return to international cricket after a one-year ban due to ball-tampering scandal. The talented batsman, who made his Sheffield Shield return for New South Wales, confused the batters bowling leg-spin and off-spin in the same over.
The Peter Nevil-led New South Wales have begun their journey against Usman Khawaja’s Queensland. And NSW have made a great start bowling out Queensland for a mere 153 runs on the opening day of the match.
Harry Conway and Sean Abbott were the pick of the bowlers for NSW claiming five and three wickets respectively. Marnus Labuschagne resisted well with a half-century but lacked support from the other end with the best score of the team being 19.
Meanwhile, in the process, Steve Smith rolled his arm for two overs where he tried to surprise the batters. He bowled his usual leg-spin to the right-handed Marnus Labuschagne and switched to off-spin to the left-handed Matt Renshaw to take advantage of the situations.
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Steve Smith has been in spectacular form ever since he returned to Test cricket during the recently concluded Ashes 2019. Literally, he has been the difference between both sides. Smith scored a total of 774 runs in the seven innings he has batted in the ongoing Ashes in England.
In the process, the former Aussie skipper leapfrogged Virat Kohli to occupy the top rank in the ICC Test Rankings. Recently, Smith also made his return to the T20I squad against Sri Lanka.