Steve Smith's LBW nightmares continue in County Championship Division Two

James Harris drew curtains on Steve Smith's innings by trapping him for 89 runs.

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Sussex’s star batter Steve Smith was yet again dismissed as he was given out LBW during a Division Two match against Glamorgan at the County Ground in Hove on Friday, May 19. In doing so, Smith headed back to the dugout, having been dismissed for an LBW for the third time on the trot.

In his debut for the county side against Worcestershire, Smith was trapped by Josh Tongue and was sent packing for 30 runs. He later followed it with three runs in his match against Leicestershire, as Wiaan Mulder dismissed him in a similar fashion.

During the match against Glamorgan, Smith looked solid as he carved out a majestic knock and appeared well-set to clinch his maiden County century. However, he was once again a victim of the LBW as James Harris drew curtains on his innings by trapping him for 89 runs.

Glamorgan Cricket 🏏@GlamCricket
𝗦𝗠𝗜𝗧𝗛 𝗚𝗢𝗡𝗘!!! Harris finally breaks the partnership and Smith is out lbw for 89 🏏 @SussexCCC 274/5 and lead by 151 𝗪𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵 𝗹𝗶𝘃𝗲 👉 #OhGlammyGlammy | #SUSvGLAM
04:55 PM · May 19, 2023

His belligerent knock included as many as ten fours and one maximum. Meanwhile, skipper Cheteshwar Pujara, who is also plying his trade for the side, was sent packing for a duck off 11 balls. Sussex concluded their innings with a score of 481 runs, courtesy of James Coles’ 223-ball 138, which included 21 boundaries.

Steve Smith gears up for Ashes 2023

Smith is currently prepping hard for the eagerly-anticipated Ashes 2023 by playing as many fixtures in the County Division Two. In addition to this, the star Aussie batter is working on playing in English conditions as the crucial Ashes will be held in England, scheduled to commence on June 16. 

The two arch-rivals will contest in a five-match series, with the final Test match slated to be played starting on July 19. Notably, Australia retained the Ashes on the last three occasions as England last raised the trophy in 2015 at home. Steve Smith will look to come all guns blazing in the crucial series and aim to give the rival side a run for their money in the forthcoming series.

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