‘He was certainly disappointed’: Michael di Venuto on Smith

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Steven Smith is considered to be the best test batsman of this generation. But his performance in this year’s Border-Gavaskar Trophy is not much. The impact is not able to provide which he did in BGT 2017. He outscored the total Indian Batting lineup in 2017. However, this year in two test matches he scored only 70 odd runs in four innings.

Michael on Smith’s mindset

“I haven’t spoken to him yet about that, and where he’s at. But Smith excited about these conditions, he loves these conditions. It will be a frustrating thing for him at the moment that he hasn’t had the impact he would have liked.

He was certainly disappointed when he got out, and he made it known in the dressing room it was a poor shot. I think most people would have heard that. So they should have had a fair idea of what not to do,” 

He even said some words about Usman Khawaja, he kind of looked back to his form in Pakistan

“Uz (Usman Khawaja) played beautifully in the first innings and has through Pakistan and the subcontinent. It (sweeping) is part of his game, but he also picks the balls to do it.”

Most of the Australian batsmen got out on trying to sweep the ball. Even their best batsman in this kind of situation got out trying to play the sweep. Even after they didn’t learn, all made the same mistake. The reason they started sweeping was not trusting their defense. Test cricket is all about trusting yourself as a player.

It’s smart, he’s not using it as a form of defence and I think that’s what happened towards the back end. People weren’t trusting their defence so started trying to sweep, which is the wrong way to go about it.”

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