Steve Smith tames Joffrey Archer

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Sep 05, 2019, 16:09

Maybe he is a bit of a cheat, but one has to admire this latest innings after being felled by the Archer bumper earlier in the series. A bit of the old Aussie, never say die, spirit. Something our sportsmen, and especially our cricketers, rarely exhibit.

And the cricketing gods seem to have decided Smith has done his penance. A top edge found the only bit of open space and in the very next over he edged to slip, only to get a no ball reprieve.

Still he handled Archer with so much time to spare, not an easy thing facing 90 mph deliveries.

Sep 05, 2019, 17:41

Great player...he made a mistake and payed his dues...ATM the Poms are getting too big for their boots, so I'm glad he's doing well...and another 50 for many in a row now?

Sep 05, 2019, 19:29

Solid player Labuschagne.

Sep 06, 2019, 00:54

Smith is a freak. He has redefined the art of batting. He must be the only player able to rigidly adhere to his regime. He keeps it simple he refrains from any shots or areas of weakness and plays to his strengths. Seems to be able to cut out those impulsive shots. A test average close to 65 - wow.

What makes it that more amazing is that he is so ugly to watch. There is no sublime stroke play or technical masterclass - it’s all awkward and fidgety

Sep 06, 2019, 05:58

Smith has trigger movement.

Even the greatest batsman of all time(Bradman) would have been proud of Smith, a year off from the game, a sickening thud to the head leading to concussion followed by another week off and then replying in the best way possible with a doubleton when one would have sufficed. Not bad at all for someone who started his cricket career as a legspinner. 

Boy, they breed em tough Downunder....real tough.

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