AUS vs ENG | Steve Smith: The best I've felt in six years...
Steve Smith [Source: Associated Press]
In the ODI series against England, Australian veteran Steve Smith scored a brilliant unbeaten 80 run knock off 78 deliveries. Smith had been struggling with his form and had scuffled with churning out any worthwhile runs.
Smith's unbeaten drove the team to victory and gave Australia a 1-0 lead in the series. When talking about his knock, the batter stated that the innings gave him immense confidence.
The 33 year-old talked about his year long process where we worked on his posture during batting, which now helps him face the ball more side-on.
Steve Smith delighted with the knock
"It was probably the best I've felt in about six years. I was just in really nice positions and I felt really good, I honestly haven't felt that way in six years or so. It's been nice to score some runs in that time and we're always looking for perfection, and for me yesterday was as close to perfection as I will get,"
"[It was] much better yesterday. I just felt, a couple of the cover drives I hit, I know I'm batting really well when I've got my weight going through the ball,"
Smith reveals what he's working on
"I've been working on a few things, it's almost been a six-month or 12-month process. At the start of last summer, I tried to get my hands back to where they were in 2015. I feel like I'm staying a bit more side-on now and I've got my feet and hands in sync together. [Thursday] was probably the first time I've actually had extended time in the middle with that change. It's hard to base something on one innings but it felt as though things clicked for me as they did at the WACA in 2013. Hopefully, it's the start of a big summer."