Veteran Australian batter Steve Smith has stated that he felt happy while batting in the first ODI against England on Thursday, November 17, after slightly changing his technique. Smith stated that his knock with a changed technique was near to “perfection”. He was at his best at the Adelaide Oval when he smashed an unbeaten 80 while chasing 288.
Speaking to reporters, Smith was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au: “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 Thursday was close to perfection as I will get.”
The veteran struggled to get into the Australian squad in the recently concluded T20 World Cup as he failed to defend their title. He played only one game against Afghanistan, scoring four runs as well. Steve Smith further added that the change in his technique has also ensured that his bat and hands are coming into sync as well.
“I’ve been working on a few things, it’s almost been a six-month or 12-month process. 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.”It’s hard to base something on one innings but it felt as though things clicked for me like they did at the WACA in 2013. Hopefully it’s the start of a big summer,” Steve Smith concluded.
The second ODI will be played on Saturday, November 19, at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).