It is easy to forget that Steven Smith came into the Australian cricket team primarily as a leg-spinner who liked to bat, because he is currently one of the best batsmen in the world. Top of the pile in the run-scorer’s list in the ongoing Ashes series, Smith has been the major difference between the English and Australian sides. He currently averages above 100 in the series, and that figure would have remained unscathed even if he was to get a pair in the two innings of the ongoing Test at Sydney.
The Australian captain’s gait and stance at the crease is an unusual one, but one which has proven to be extremely effective. English cricketing legend of yesteryear Geoffrey Boycott, and Michael ‘Mr. Cricket’ Hussey broke down Smith’s ‘back and across’ technique during a mid-innings analysis show in a clip posted by BT Sport. Boycott and Hussey spoke at length about what made Smith’s technique so effective in the modern game, and what are the methods (if any) that bowlers could adopt to counter it. This one is not to be missed.
Watch the clip below!