Smith smashes unbeaten 89 but Warner flops in Brisbane
Steve Smith shows again what Australia are missing last one year as he hit a brilliant unbeaten knock of 89 runs off just 77 balls against New Zealand in the second of three “unofficial” one-dayers in Brisbane.
Smith scored 22 runs in the first ODI which was the comeback ODI for him to the Australian team ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019 after 1-year ban following the Newlands ball-tampering scandal last year. But he showed his class once again just after the first match on Wednesday, May 8 in Brisbane.
In the wake of investing some on-one time in the nets with coach Justin Langer before the start of the match at Allan Border Field, Smith came to bat in the expense of the wicket of Shaun Marsh and started to show his glimpse from the beginning of his innings.
He made an important partnership with Glenn Maxwell after Australian top four failed to get going and set a modest target of 278 runs in 50 overs. Smith hit sixes over wide long off, mid-off, square leg and even pulling out his trademark tennis slap in his outstanding and attractive innings. Smith’s innings included with 4 fours and the same amount of sixes.
The other banned superstar batsman, David Warner promoted at the top of the order in this match after his 39 in his comeback match came at no. 3. But he failed to make the best use of the opportunity as he scored a six-ball duck.
Australia won the first match of this “unofficial” series with the help of their pacers trio Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff.
Australia XI: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey, Michael Neser, Mitchell Starc, Sean Abbott, Nathan Lyon, Kane Richardson
New Zealand XI: Hamish Rutherford, George Worker, Will Young, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Tom Blundell, Daryl Mitchell, Todd Astle, Doug Bracewell, Blair Tickner, Hamish Bennett