Steve Smith remained unbeaten on 80 off 78 balls
Achieved the target of 288 runs by losing 4 wickets
Adelaide. Australia’s star batsman Steve Smith said that he was trying to improve his technique for the last 12 months. Now after 6 years, feeling like he is in his best form with the bat. Smith scored an unbeaten 80 off 77 balls on Thursday, helping Australia beat world champions England by 6 wickets in the first ODI here (AUS vs ENG). According to this former captain, his innings was close to perfection. He did not get many chances in the T20 World Cup. With the win, Australia has taken a 1-0 lead in the 3-match ODI series. The second match is to be played in Sydney tomorrow. David Malan played a century in the first ODI, but he could not win the English team.
Talking to the media after the match, Steve Smith said, this was probably my best innings, which I have played after almost 6 years. I was in really good shape. To be honest, I had never felt like this while batting in the last 6 years. He said that it is good to score some runs in the match and we are always in search of perfection. Yesterday’s innings was near perfection for me.
working hard for a year
The 33-year-old said that he has been working hard over the last one year on fine-tuning his hand and feet to regain his best rhythm and technique. Steve Smith said that I am working on some things. It is a process of about 6 months or 12 months. From the beginning of last season, I was trying to get my hands in the condition it was in 2015. I feel that now there is harmony between my feet and my hands.
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He hoped that in the coming season he would perform well with the bat. Smith said that hopefully this is the start of a great season. Earlier, Australia’s team could not reach the semi-finals in the T20 World Cup. Talking about the tournament played at home, Smith got a chance in only one match. He could score only 4 runs against Afghanistan.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : November 18, 2022, 12:25 IST