Australian maestro Steve Smith has become a batting juggernaut and is also a dream scalp of many bowlers around the world. The right-handed batsman has a great appetite for runs and never gives his wicket cheaply. However, the number one-ranked Test batsman was dismissed in an absolute bizarre manner against Western Australia in the ongoing Marsh Sheffield Shield 2019. Playing for New South Wales, Smith was playing on 109 runs and looked well settled in the pitch. However, he faced a gentle loosener by Marcus Stoinis in the 121st over of the innings and lost his wicket in a terrible fashion. Steve Smith Registers His Slowest First-Class Ton Against Western Australia in Marsh Sheffield Shield 2019–20.
The medium-pacer bowled a slow bouncer to which Smith tried to play an uppercut but failed to make the connection and edged it to wicket-keeper Josh Inglish who was standing right behind the stumps. Smith wasn’t amused by the decision and looked absolutely distorted. On the other hand, the opposition were delighted as Smith was playing on an unbeaten century and was looking all set to plunder an even bigger score. Nevertheless, his innings helped New South Wales post a gigantic score of 444 runs in the first innings and the side will fancy their chance to clinch the clash too. Shoaib Akhtar on Steve Smith’s Batting Technique: I Would Have Hit the Australian Batsman to Stop Him From Scoring.
NEVER tell Steve Smith he has to stop batting!
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 12, 2019
Smith has been in great form off late and was also the Man of the Series in the recently concluded Australia vs Pakistan T20I series. Talking about the red-ball cricket, the former Australian skipper was in sublime form in the Ashes 2019 in which he mustered 774 runs in five matches. The talismanic batsman’s next international assignment will get underway when Australia will take on Pakistan in the two-match Test series at home.