The modern world of cricket has seen many batsmen with unorthodox stance and style. It is in a way their uniqueness which brings out the best in them. Steve Smith who recently helped Australia regain the Ashes in their own backyard, falls in the same category. Former England skipper Nasser Hussain has come out criticizing the Australian skipper and has went to the extent of saying that no youngsters who aspire to become a batsman and play for their country should try and copy that.
Smith has scored over 1000 runs in each calendar year since 2014. He has also managed to score five centuries in each of the last four years. Even then, his shuffle across the stumps makes him prone to lbws. However, bowlers fail to get him out that way. There has been numerous analysis and countless comments on him but he still manages to churn out the runs with unparalleled consistency.
In his column for Sky Sports, the former England skipper has also showered his praises for the Australian skipper. Nasser wrote, “You wouldn’t coach a young player to hold a bat like he does with such a strong bottom hand or move around quite as much.”
Smith so far has scored 426 runs in the three Test matches at a staggering average of 142 and he isn’t done yet. The next two Test matches not only gives him a chance to whitewash England but also pile on their misery by scoring as many runs as he wants to. He got to his highest Test score of 239 at Perth notching up the second double hundred of his career.
“At the moment his bat looks six-foot wide. He has got an insatiable appetite for runs. You can see when he bats, he gets in that little bubble. He’s almost oblivious to everything that’s going on around him, except the ball that is coming out of the bowler’s hand,” Nasser concluded.