“Hopefully I can keep this form for the real stuff” – Steve Smith
Australian star batsman Steve Smith feels that he’s in full confidence at that moment and is looking forward to replicate his superb form in the upcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.
The 29-year old batsman had been in great form since he returned to the national team following the Newlands ball-tampering scandal. His last four innings are- 89 not out, 91 not out, 76 and 116 which he did just yesterday against the host England in the warm-up match.
“I was actually a little bit frustrated with my one-day form most likely the most recent year and a half – take out the last 12 – so it was pleasant to invest a touch of time out in the middle today and the practice games that we’ve had so far I have felt great. Everything is going great and I’m looking forward to the first game coming at this point,” Smith said.
“I’m not perusing a lot into it, they’re simply practice games right now, hopefully I can keep this form for the real stuff (World Cup) and we’ll make a judgment at that point. I am feeling better, I’m feeling calm at the crease and hitting the right balls I want to the boundary.”
It looks like Smith has been in better form than ever before. Even the opposition captain, Jos Buttler enthralled by his batting and praised him. “He just looked like the Steve Smith of old, didn’t he?” said the English wicket-keeper batsman. “He simply played well. He played great cricket shots and very in control of his innings.”
“He looks the similar player isn’t that right? He was a class player a year back despite everything he is so he hasn’t clearly forgotten how to bat in that time, he is one of the world’s best batsmen and he knows his game great and I think that is the thing that you saw today.”
Australia will play their next warm-up match against Sri Lanka on May 27 before they start their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on June 1 in Briston.