I think we’ve played on some bowler-friendly wickets in the first three Ashes Test: Steve Smith
Steve Smith was the highest run-scorer in the last two Ashes series.
Updated - Jan 3, 2022 4:41 pm
Australia have been dominating England in the Ashes 2021-22 so far. While they have been as clinical as possible, their batting sensation Steve Smith is yet to fire. Apart from his 93 at Adelaide during the first innings of the second Ashes Test match, his scores in the series have been 12, six, and 16.
However, having said that, his batting average in 2021 was 53.75 in the longest format of the game. His standards have been so high that a few bad games or a slump in form seem unacceptable for the 32-year-old. Thus, the Aussie star recently spoke about his personal form, as well the conditions.
Smith felt that the conditions have been more bowling-friendly this time around. While acknowledging the fact that it’s been a while since he got a hundred, he said that one can never really get comfortable. Thus, he went on to say that it wasn’t too easy to get into the rhythm while batting in this series.
It’s been a little while since I’ve scored a hundred: Steve Smith
“It’s been a little while since I’ve scored a hundred. I got close in Adelaide. Think we’ve played on some pretty bowler-friendly wickets in the first three Tests. You’ve never really felt in. Anyone can bowl a good ball at a certain time,” said Steve Smith, as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
“It’s about hanging in there as long as possible, defending well and leaving well and pouncing on anything loose. Think that’s what the guys who have scored runs in this series have done well. It’s been tough to get the rhythm and to get into a groove but hopefully this week I can score a big one,” he added.
An important point to be noted is the fact that the fourth Ashes Test match is going to take place at the SCG, which happens to be the batting legend’s home ground. The last time he played at Sydney, he ended up scoring 131 and 81 in the two innings against India. Besides, the Aussie vice-captain is due for a big score. Moreover, Smith has an insanely inhuman record against the Poms, and has been tormenting them with the bat for a really long time.