Steve Smith pulls off one-handed stunner in County Championship

Steve Smith pulled off an amazing catch to dismiss Rehan Ahmed during the ongoing County Championship Division two match between Sussex and Leicestershire.

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Steve Smith Catch.
Steve Smith Catch. (Photo Source : Twitter/@CountyChamp)

Steve Smith is representing Sussex in England's domestic cricket County Championship Divison Two in preparation for the ICC World Test Championship final (WTC) and the Ashes this year. The WTC final will be played between India and Australia at The Oval, London from June 7 while the Ashes will get underway from June 16 in England.

Smith, a batting maestro, and a world-class fielder, hit the headlines as he pulled off a stunning one-handed catch during the ongoing County Championship Division Two match between Sussex and Leicestershire. The 33-year-old pulled off the catch to dismiss Leicestershire allrounder, Rehan Ahmed. However, the Australian is yet to contribute with the bat, having only scored 30 and three runs in two innings thus far.

Leicestershire were asked to follow on after being bowled out for 270 in their reply to Sussex's first innings total of 430. Leicestershire were in trouble at 65/4 but recovered to hold on to a draw when Wiaan Mulder and Rishi Patel both hit centuries to help them reach 295/6. 

Meanwhile, after scoring nine runs, Rehan edged one off pacer Henry Crocombe towards the right of Smith, who was standing at second slip. The Australian flew to his right and one-handedly picked the catch and ended Rehan's stay.

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WOW! Steve Smith, that is a ridiculous slip catch! #LVCountyChamp
07:48 PM · May 14, 2023

Australia wins three-match ODI series agaisnt India under Smith's captaincy

Smith has gone to participate in the County Championship following Australia's visit to India. The 33-year-old took part in the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy series as well as a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series. He was named as the captain after regular Pat Cummins travelled home after the second Test in Delhi to deal with his ailing mother, who eventually passed away. 

After losing the first two Tests against India in Nagpur and Delhi, Australia won the third under Smith's leadership. The fourth and final Test, however, ended in a draw, and they lost the series 2-1. Meanwhile, the visitors clinched the three-match ODI series 2-1.

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