Veteran Australian cricketer, Steve Smith regained his top Test ranking after a fine run in Ashes 2019. However, he failed to even open his account in his comeback match in the Sheffield Shield return on Thursday. Featuring for New South Wales, Smith edged a delivery from Queensland fast bowler Cameron Gannon with Joe Burns taking a sharp catch in the slips.
Cricket Australia tweeted a video of Smith’s rare failure and said, “Turns out Steve Smith is human after all! Out for a duck on a day of #SheffieldShield carnage at the Gabba”. Here is the video of the same:
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) October 10, 2019
Smith’s rare failure has come after he amassed as many as 774 runs at an average of 110.57 during the Ashes 2019 against England. He was also awarded the Compton-Miller Medal as the player of the series for his fine performance. During the series, he amassed two centuries and a double-century with a low score of 23 runs.
Gannon, who dismissed smith in the game has had a rollercoaster ride so far – he was banned from bowling after biomechanical tests revealed his action was illegal. He had enjoyed a breakthrough season with 31 Sheffield Shield wickets at an average of 23. However, he came back with a remodeled action and even made his international debut for the United States in the Americas qualifier for the ICC T20 World Cup.
In the Sheffield Shield match, New South Wales were reduced to 50/3, trailing by 103 runs at stumps on Day 1 at The Gabba in Brisbane. Apart from Smith, even Moises Henriques was dismissed was also dismissed for a duck. However, David Warner batted through the day to remain unbeaten on 27 runs.
Queensland was bundled out for 153 runs during their first innings with Marnus Labuschagne (69) scoring most of the runs for his side.