Star Australian batter Steve Smith has shared how vastly things have changed for him since the last time he was in India for the 2011 World Cup. The veteran has opined that batting at the top four in the 2023 World Cup is a remarkable change as well. With Ricky Ponting leading Australia in the 2011 World Cup, Steve Smith played as a spinner, who could bat a bit. He played six matches in the 2011 edition but managed only 53 runs with the bat as well and only a solitary wicket. However, he has now transformed into an extremely capable top-order batter for his side.
Speaking ahead of Australia’s 2023 World Cup opener against India, Smith said as quoted by cricket.com.au: “My role now is probably a little bit different to the last time that I was here in India for the World Cup when I was the spinner … things have changed a bit since then. I assume I’ll be batting in the top four as opposed to the bottom four so that’s a big difference.”
He further added: “I feel like I can use my wrists and decelerate in defence and all different things that I was struggling to do in England. A few things were challenging, particularly defending and decelerating, the force that goes through that was hard and when I got in certain positions, it was a bit uncomfortable.”
However, the third ODI against India in Rajkot witnessed Smith reach 5000 runs in the format and achieved it in 129 innings, becoming the fourth-fastest Australian to do it as well. However, Steve Smith added that they want to give it all to make Australia win the World Cup this year.
“For a lot of us, it could be our last (ODI World Cup), so we want to make every post a winner and give ourselves every chance to win. I’ll see where things are at after this and speak to people and see what their thoughts are around me carrying on playing. But the next six weeks is my big focus and we’ll get to that after,” Steve Smith concluded.