Who says that leaving the ball in Test matches can be boring? Ask Australia’s talismanic batsman Steven Smith who came up with new methods of leaving the ball. On the third day of the ongoing second Ashes Test match, Smith revealed a new side of him. In fact, the former Australian captain is well known to move a lot when he is at the crease.
Smith took a funny stance after leaving the ball. The right-hander moved his bat at a high speed after he had already left the ball. Thus, the linchpin batsman was seen dancing all over the place and had his own fun in leaving the ball.
Smith is the best Test batsman.
However, Smith was all focussed on the job at hand and watched the ball till the last minute. In fact, it is imperative for a batsman to know where his off-stump to successfully leave the ball and Smith is one of the best Test batsmen of the current generation.
Smith is still unbeaten on 13 runs after facing 40 balls with the help of two boundaries. On the other hand, Smith’s partner Matthew Wade is yet to get off the mark. The tourists are in a spot of bother as they are tottering at 80-4. Consequently, Smith will once again like to bail his team out of the jail, as he did in the first Test match at Edgbaston.
England has scored 258 runs in the first innings after Tim Paine won the toss and decided to ball first. The hosts’ opener Rory Burns and Jonny Bairstow scored half-centuries for England.
Smith had scored 144 runs in the first innings and had followed with another sublime knock of 142 runs in the second dig in the first Test. Thus, the right-hander was awarded the Man of the Match. In fact, Australia had their backs against the wall and on both occasions, and Smith was able to rescue his team out of the troubled waters.
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