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“They literally don’t know where to bowl to this guy” – Steyn on Smith


South Africa’s legendary fast bowler Dale Steyn says that it is much difficult to bowl an unorthodox batsman like Steve Smith and the bowlers don’t know how to bowl against him at present.

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“They literally don’t know where to bowl to this guy. And keeping in mind that they’re attempting to work that out, he’s clubbing them everywhere and scoring runs simultaneously. He’s simply in his very own alliance at the present time and I’m glad that I don’t need to play Test matches against him ever again,” said Steyn.

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Steyn dismissed Steve Smith once among seven innings in his career. Steyn took the wicket of him for zero in Port Elizabeth in 2014 and surprisingly that had been only golden duck in Steve Smith’s career.

“Steve has come … and with his method that he’s normally built up, he’s simply confusing bowlers left, right and centre. I believe he’s a marvellous player. He’s superb, he has an extraordinary eye and an extremely troublesome and strange procedure to work out, which is working for him wonderfully,” the 36-year old Steyn said.

“When I bowled to players like Michael Vaughan or Jacques Kallis who [were] classical, actually immaculate, sound hitters, I constantly found that I could get them out. It was just the bizarre folks that came around, similar to Shiv Chanderpaul and Steve Smith, they truly befuddle you about the line you ought to bowl. Regardless of whether that ought to be on the stumps [or] outside the stumps,” he added.

Steve Smith had completed a dream Ashes campaign recently as he scored 774 runs in seven innings at an amazing average of 110.57. He crossed fifty six times in these seven innings and as a result despite coming to the test cricket after almost one and half year, he was ranked first in the ICC Test Batting Rankings surpassing Indian captain Virat Kohli.

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