AUS vs IND: Former Aussie pacer remembers asking Smith to focus on his bowling
Steve Smith has been in outstanding form after the failure in the first two tests. Before the third test, Smith couldn’t even go to double figures. He was dismissed by Ashwin twice before this match. He proved his critics wrong as he showed his talent at his home ground by scoring 131 in the first innings and 81 in the second.
Former Aussie pacer and an old mate of Smith was in the commentary box while Smith was batting. He remembered that he saw 14-year-old Smith bowling leg-spin in the nets. Smith always wanted to bat at top of the order but was played as a handy lower-order batsman. Smith came into the national side as a bowler and a lower-batsman. Clark remembered this one instance where he suggested Smith, focus more on bowling. The retired pacer said that he can’t believe where Smith has gone with his batting. He said that Smith was always full of confidence in whatever he did. He has always shown the same in his batting. He can play shots to all parts of the park with ease and effortlessly. Smith has the second-best average in tests after Sir Don Bradman. He has got Australia in a winning position in this match as it goes down to the final day.