Australia might be missing Steve Smith dearly as the former Aussie skipper is serving a 12-month ban from international cricket for his involvement in the Sandpaper Gate, but there is no shortage of news of his brilliance with the bat.
Smith is currently playing for Sutherland in the NSW T20 Premier Cricket tournament and in a match against Manly-Warringah on Sunday, Smith showed the world why he is regarded as one of the modern greats with the bat.
Smith has been fine-tuning his skills and he entertained the crowd with an array of shots and emulated MS Dhoni’s signature helicopter shot to perfection. Smith played the shot with exact precision as the ball flew into the stands.
Watch the video of Smith helicopter shot here:
Steve Smith played some extraordinary shots in NSW T20 Premier Cricket today, but what about the catch to end his innings?! pic.twitter.com/r226rkfiVA— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) November 4, 2018
In the wake of a derisive report about the actions of Cricket Australia in the run-up to the March “sandpaper” incident that shocked the sport, the players’ union urged CA to lift eh bans on the trio, painting them as victims of circumstance and said they should be free to take the field again at the top level.
But Cricket Australia will not reconsider reducing the ban on Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft in the ball-tampering case despite a series against a full-strength India awaiting them next month.