Thrill surrounded the stadium as Steve Smith appears to have “found his hands” again at the SCG Test.
The Australian batsman star had a mediocre stint in the IPL this year before telling reporters he had found the said appendage ahead of the November’s ODI series against India. As presumed, they were at the bottom of his forearms.
It was evident in a couple of spectacular hundreds in that series, yet Smith’s Test form has been terrible leading in the SCG Test; where scores of 1, 1, 0 and 8 in the first two Tests represent the poorest run of Smith’s career ever since his early days as a leg-spinning, lower-order batsman.
That said, being back on his home court and in one of his favourite grounds, Smith looked back to be in his best form as he manoeuvres a seemingly perfect century after lunch on the second day of the Test.
Trent Copeland, speaker on ABC Sport during commentary, said a player like the former Australian captain usually has enough self-belief built up to emerge from a form slump.
He announced “The ability to distance yourself from failure is very important in cricket. Believing in yourself is half the battle. I think Steve having a Bradman-like history will lead him to believe more runs are around the corner.”
Much has been made of Smith’s peculiar tricks when he’s out at the crease, specifically after every leave or a blocked shot. However, Copeland went into detail about some of his habits which makes life for the 12th man a little tricky.
“To be 12th man for Steve Smith is …He has 40 pairs of gloves, seven or eight bats in one bag but another 20 I reckon in another kit.” He said.
“He waits until the last ball is bowled, a bit of a superstition, and then asks for the gloves, so you’ve got to be on. If you don’t have the right gear and you miss getting out there and he gets out, that’s big trouble.”
He even cited that most batsmen “do that with the naming of the gloves but nobody else has that many.”
In affirmation, Copeland concluded that it is what makes Smudge who he is and that he’s so different to most.
“He’s in his own little world. And he’s a wizard at the crease.”
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