Mon. Dec 5th, 2022
ADELAIDE: Australian star batsman Steve Smith is hopeful for a big summer, saying he feels his best form with the bat in six years after a 12-month process to adjust his technique.
Smith scored an unbeaten 80 from 77 balls to help Australia reach a six-point win over world champions England in the first ODI here on Thursday.
It was a “near-perfect” inning for the former captain.
“(This) was probably the best I’ve felt in about six years,” Smith told reporters on Friday.
“I was in really good positions and I felt really good, to be honest I hadn’t felt this way in six years.
“It was nice to do some runs back then and we are always looking for perfection and yesterday was the closest day to perfection for me,” he added.
The 33-year-old actress revealed that she has been working for the past year to “sync” her hands and feet to reinvent her best posture and technique.
“I’ve been working on a few things, it’s been almost six months or 12 months. At the beginning of last summer, I tried to get my hands back to where they were in 2015. Now I stand a little more sideways and my feet and hands are in sync.”
Smith featured in a match for Australia during the recently concluded T20 World Cup. He scored four rounds in the match against Afghanistan.
However, in the ODI against England, Smith looked with an imperious touch and was caught by the cameras saying “I’m back baby” to batting partner David Warner during the batting.
“(Thursday) is probably the first time I’ve been stuck in the middle with this change for really long. It’s hard to base anything on a hit but it felt like things rattled for me (in a Test) like at WACA (against England) in 2013.
“Hopefully this is the start of a great summer,” Smith added.
Smith has an average of 60 out of 87 Tests in 28 centuries and 36 fifties.
After the series to be played against England, Australia will host West Indies and South Africa.