Steve Smith takes wicket in Sheffield Shield game in bizarre manner
Batsman was distraught with his dismissal.
Updated - Nov 14, 2019 7:21 pm
He started as a leg-spin bowler but evolved over time as a premier batsman. Steve Smith recently made a phenomenal comeback to the Test arena in the Ashes in England by slamming over 750 runs in just four matches. The 30-year-old hasn’t had a successful bowling career in international cricket although his tally of wickets in domestic cricket is quite enviable — 239 in 126 first-class and 164 in 165 List A matches. He also has over a hundred wickets in 182 T20s.
Steve Smith hits a century and then breaks a partnership
On Thursday, Smith came up with all-round performance for his domestic side New South Wales (NSW) against Western Australia (WA) in a three-day Marsh Sheffield Shield match in Sydney. Having batted first, Smith scored 103 to help his side post a big total of 444 for 8 declared.
They then bowled their opponents out for 191 to get a major lead. NSW then batted for 17 overs to score 98 without loss and declared to set WA a target of 352. WA were never in the contest but it was the wicket that Smith claimed that got a lot of attention.
Smith bowled six overs in the fourth innings and of them, two were maidens while the rest saw only 10 runs being conceded. It was a bizarre way in which he dismissed Josh Inglis, WA’s highest scorer in the innings with 46 off 104 balls. Smith bowled a leg-spinner outside the off-stump which the right-hand keeper-batsman tried to drive but ended up smashing it on the leg of the fielder at silly mid-off and went to Nick Larkin, the fielder at the short leg, on the bounce.
Inglis, who came in at No.8 with his team reeling at 6 for 35, delayed the inevitable. He was distraught with his dismissal and Smith gave a key breakthrough after Inglis added 62 runs with Ashton Agar for the eighth wicket.
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Steve Smith has a wicket… in bizarre (and lucky) circumstances!
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WA were all out for 128 to lose the game by 223 runs. Steve Smith’s next big assignment will be against Pakistan in the first Test, starting from 21st of November. The second Test of the series will be played from 29th of November.