Smith clicks back into top gear

Sports | AGENCIES 25 Nov 2020

Australian cricketer Steve Smith warned India that his game had finally "clicked" and he was ready to justify his ranking as the world's top Test batsman.

The 31-year-old admitted he was unhappy with his recent displays for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League, saying "I never really got into a good rhythm".

But he believed something changed this week as he prepared for the upcoming series against India, which starts with a one-day international in Sydney on Friday.

"The past few days I have found something ... I have found my hands, which I am extremely excited about,'' Smith said. "It's taken me about 3 1/2 or four months to do it .... a lot longer than usual.''

He said the delay in getting it right maybe was because he didn't bat for months because of the Covid-19 lockdown, which shuttered international sports in March.

Smith said he's had the same feeling during the 2017-18 Ashes series against England, when he averaged 137.40, after finding the perfect batting balance with his hands.

"It's hard to explain but it hasn't been right up until about two days ago, then something sort of clicked in."

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