Jimmy Anderson cops a brutal bouncer.
Jimmy Anderson cops a brutal bouncer.

How can Poms dismiss unstoppable Smith?

 

THE English bowling attack may want to find a phone number for Udesh Yadav, and quickly.

Yadav, the fiery Indian quick, was the last man to get Aussie captain Steve Smith out on the MCG, three years ago.

As imperious as Smith has been through the Ashes so far, his Melbourne record is reaching ridiculous levels.

Smith has scored 434 runs without being dismissed since Yadav had him caught down the leg side for just 14 on day four of the Test against India in 2014. That was December 29.

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In that 1093 days Smith has been undismissable. He's so good we need to create new words.

He's scored hundreds in his past three MCG Tests, big hundreds too, no doubt with eyes on a third as Australia press for a big first innings total.

His average at the ground is already 140 and while plenty want to compare him to Sir Donald Bradman, in this sphere he has the Don beat.

Bradman averaged only 128.5 at the MCG in his eleven innings.

"He's just a freak," Aussie vice-captain Dave Warner said of his skipper.

"I don't how he does what he does."

And Smith made his 65 runs first day runs batting with a tweaked technique too, after copping a ball to the top of his hand during a net session last Sunday.

Steve Smith hasn’t been dismissed at the MCG since 2014. Picture: Michael Klein
Steve Smith hasn’t been dismissed at the MCG since 2014. Picture: Michael Klein


He wasn't batting when a ball ricocheted off a rail in the nets and hit a "hot spot" which had already taken blows in Perth. It was a shot from Cameron Bancroft, who couldn't apologise enough.

"I'll be able to deal with it and just get on with it. Maybe I just have to use a bit more of my top hand through this game, be a bit wristy," Smith before the game.

That Smith could just decide to change his way, mid-way through a test series, staggered former Test batsman Mike Hussey

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"To hear him say he may have to change his technique a little bit and use more of his top hand. He must be in some serious form," Hussey told Fox Sports.

"To think about using more of his top hand is incredible. He's obviously seeing the ball pretty well."

He is. Pick a big ball; beach, basket, volley, that's what Smith sees when the Kookaburra comes at him, especially at the MCG.

English quick Jimmy Anderson conceded Smith was clearly in the "form of his life"

"I felt like with the new ball I beat the bat and thought "here we go". then he played the next 11 easily.

The country code for India is +91. Get dialling Jimmy.



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