Australia and Sri Lanka are currently playing the second Test at the Galle International Stadium in Galle which started on July 8. Australia won the toss and opted to bat first. While both Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith scored centuries, it was Smith’s gesture towards the opposition bowler that stole the limelight.
It happened during the 77th over when Prabath Jayasuriya was bowling. He bowled a delivery that had a flight and drifted in on the off side and then it turned away sharply past the edge as Smith came forward to defend it. While he didn’t get any run, he showed a big thumbs up to the bowler as he was beaten on the outside edge as well.
However, Australia could only manage 364 runs before getting all out on the very first day itself. And, Labuschagne was happy after scoring the hundred as well. He also commented on the century of Steve Smith.
Steve Smith 😂 pic.twitter.com/2bMqe1TdHT
— Sachin (@Sachin72342594) July 9, 2022
“It’s nice to get that one off the back, the first one away from home and to contribute and put the team in a position like we did today was very nice,” Labuschagne said. “It’s not something you sit there and think about all the time. But it’s definitely something reporters (bring up) and the media beat everything up a bit. It’s nice to score runs in different conditions and show people that you can play in not just bouncy, seaming or swinging conditions, but against spin as well. A lot of my preparation coming into this game was actually done on a wicket that was going to be spinning from day one. I actually had to adjust my game a bit.”
“Both of us felt like we’d left some runs out there for the last few Tests. So it was nice to cash in when we got an opportunity. From last week I was very disappointed. Probably just going away from my process rather than the dismissal. I think you’re going to get out on that wicket eventually, but you just want to make sure you stick to your process and obviously Smudge got run out. So that would have been very frustrating. The boys said this morning when he rocked up to the ground, he was in the Smudge headspace and he looked locked in,” Labuschange concluded.