Steve Smith uses fancy footwork

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    Steve Smith says his focus has been on fast feet in the Test series against India.

    The 23-year-old was recalled for his first Test since 2011 in last week’s third Test in Mohali, scoring 92 and five.

    In difficult conditions on a turning pitch in Delhi on Friday, the NSW right-hander gave another fine performance with a knock of 46 including three fours and two sixes in two-and-a-half hours.

    Smith added 53 for the ninth wicket with Peter Siddle (47 not out) after Australia had been 7-136. The tourists will resume on Saturday’s second day of play on 8-231.

    His average of 47.66 is Australia’s equal-best in the series alongside Michael Clarke’s.

    “I’ve had a lot of time in the nets the first two Tests,” Smith said.

    “For me it was about finding a way to first of all survive and then score runs.

    “It’s about having fast feet, trying to get down the wicket and taking advantage of the fields they’ve set when I first come in as well.

    “It’s fast feet forward and back and watching the ball as hard as I can and trying to play with the spin as much as possible.”

    The former Test leggie now sees himself more as a batsman. However that may change over the next four days.

    “I’ve been told I could play a big part in this game, particularly with the way it (the pitch) has broken up already,” said Smith, who has taken 1-63 in the series.

    “Even if I don’t bowl as many consistent balls as I’d like, those good balls are still a chance of taking wickets if I get them in the right spot.”

    While Smith’s footwork has been a stand-out, he says Siddle’s secret has been more basic.

    “He came in and he played very straight,” Smith said.

    “He was playing the line of the ball and if one spun it would do too much for him to hit it.

    “He played the line and had the full face of the bat.

    “He’s showed us how to play against the quality spin over here.”

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    • March 23rd 2013 @ 1:54am
      curly said | March 23rd 2013 @ 1:54am | ! Report

      Oh my ….this has what its come this overrated hack steve smith being praised and seen as the saviour for australia for making a few runs that will in no way help shape the result in australias favour…..it seems this level of mediocraty has led to the demise of australian cricket…..steve smith is about good as a fella called dwayne smith from the windies…..we can therefore reasonably say he wouldn’t get in any test team in the world top 7 sides at least….aussies are gonna take a hammering if they rely on the likes of smith for the ashes ……cook is gnna average 200 !!!

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 10:43am
        Robert said | March 23rd 2013 @ 10:43am | ! Report

        What has Cook Avge 200 got to do with Steve Smith’s batting? Typical Pommie logic? Smith is 23, at the very least he has shown that he has improved as a cricketer, both technically and mentally. By the way, if Anderson breaks down you guys are F because you have ZERO back up, just ask Geoff Boycott!

    • March 23rd 2013 @ 4:14am
      TedS said | March 23rd 2013 @ 4:14am | ! Report

      Hilarious that the media now calls scores of 45 (Hughes), and 46 (Smith) MASSIVE successes. Yeah, guys, certainly calls for celebration, bad times are behind us. Come out, flash your bat at a few deliveries, get to 23, get out, and you did enough to play the Ashes.

    • March 23rd 2013 @ 4:28am
      Johnno said | March 23rd 2013 @ 4:28am | ! Report

      R.I.P Australian cricket.

      • March 23rd 2013 @ 4:59am
        Saad said | March 23rd 2013 @ 4:59am | ! Report

        Steve Smith uses fancy footwork and makes a brilliant century.

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