Steve Smith played an outrageously unique shot during third ODI against England at the MCG | Photo: AP/Screengrab
Steve Smith just can’t stop entertainingSmith the tennis player graced MCG as he swatted a short deliveryThe video went viral as the shot invited hilarious reactionsAustralian batter Steve Smith, apart from being one of the best batters of the modern generation is an entertainer. Smith’s quirks and antics when he is batting are some of the most unique mannerisms one has seen on the field, especially if he is a batter. Whether it is his unique strokeplay or the way he plays, he has entertained fans all over the world whenever he is on the field and something similar transpired on Tuesday, November 22.The incident took place in the 42nd over of the Australian innings when Chris Woakes bowled a bouncer, however, Smith had already danced down the track. Smith was surprised by the length of the delivery, however, did very well to get his bat on it. Smith waited till the end to smash the ball back past the bowler with a tennis-like swat. The shot was hit with such force that Marcus Stoinis at the other end had to take an evasive action as the commentators Mark Waugh and Adam Gilchrist came up with tennis references immediately.
The fans too couldn’t stop themselves from joining the banter. While one user commented that Rafael Nadal should be scared, another wondered if he was Steve Smith or ‘Roger Smith’. Another one said that this is how he kills mosquitoes in his house. Here are some of the reactions:
Smith, who was coming off from two big scores in the first couple of matches, came to bat only in the 39th over after the centurion duo of Travis Head and David Warner had stitched a record-breaking 269-run partnership for the first wicket. Smith played a couple of big shots but departed after scoring 21.
Mitchell Marsh and Alex Carey played quickfire cameos as Australia ended up posting a huge total of 355 runs on the board, with Head top scoring with 152.