Steve Smith “HAS GOT THE TIMING, THE PACE OF THE PITCH”- Glenn McGrath

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India vs Australia Test series is the talk of the town and along with this talk emerges the name of star that has given the guest team a tough time in the past ODI matches but have not been able to set great score in the ongoing test series. Steve Smith is the talented batsman that has impressed the legend, Glenn McGrath.

McGrath has applauded Indian bowlers for their skills and for the fact that they could manage to keep Smith out of the field for most time. Steve Smith, though boasts huge scores in the ODIs that he has played against India but this series has not been very fruitful for him as he has not been able to score more than 10 runs in the first two matches. And of course the credit goes to the strong bowling line up that India has built against Australia.

But this low score too has not shaken the confidence that McGrath has in this talented batsman. McGrath has called Indian bowling plan “interesting” and he also recalled the same strategy being followed in Ashes by India. In Ashes this strategy did not work but it’s doing wonders in this tour.

“HE HAS GOT THE TIMING”

McGrath said, “Indians have looked to bowl straight to Smith with a leg gully in place” and no wonder why they have not changed their strategy. It is working! In McGrath’s opinion, Smith has got the sense of timing, he also understands the pitch and the pace. This understanding is what has helped him in raising big scores and McGrath has trust in Smith’s capability of repeating the same. This knowledge of Smith’s capability make McGrath appreciate Indian bowlers too as he says that its is not an easy task and to have done this in the first two matches shows that, “they bowled really well”.

He feels that Smith needs time to settle on the pitch and once he does get settled, it would be really difficult for the bowlers to send him off to pavilion.

INDIA BOUNCED BACK UNDER ASHWIN’S CAPTAINCY

On the other hand, Ravichandran Ashwin has made Smith his permanent prey. Even McGrath affirms, “Ashwin has bowled really well this series”. The legendary pacer recalls Smiths performance in the IPL when Smith had said that he had found his hands. McGrath hopes that Sydney Cricket Ground would do the same charm for the batsman and he would be able to find his hands again.

After the first test, the host team must have assumed that India is going to sulk in the sadness of the first loss but McGrath appreciated the grit of the team, especially at a time when the skipper, Virat Kohli was going back to India and the team had a stand-in captain. The way Ajinkya Rahane handled the captaincy left this cricket legend in awe.

 

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