In the ongoing game between Sri Lanka and Australia, Steve Smith was spotted doing his usual antiques. During the drinks break, the Australian batter was spotted doing shadow batting on the field. A video of the same has gone viral on social media.
The former Australian captain is known to have a fidgety approach. Even when he is not on the field or in a practise session, he is frequently found shadow batting. His teammates have often complained that the noises of his bat hitting the floor at the team hotel tend to bother them. Besides, his batting style is very unorthodox as well. He never stays in one place while batting, which has worked very well for the right-handed batter.
Here is the video of Steve Smith shadow batting
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Speaking of the match, Sri Lanka’s innings got off to a roaring start. Danushka Gunathilaka and Pathum Nissanka batted first and set the tone for the rest of the team’s innings. The opening pair added 115 runs, with each completing a half-century. However, they both lost their wickets in quick succession.
Gunathilaka (55) was run out in the 20th over, and Nissanka (56) was dismissed in the 22nd over by Ashton Agar. Kusal Mendis then continued from where the two left off. He played a brilliant knock in the game, scoring 86 runs in 87 balls, with eight fours and one six. He helped the team reach a score of 300 runs in the first innings.
The Dasun Shanaka-led team will want to defend this total and have a good start to the five-match series. The host will like to bounce back stronger after losing the T20I series. Australia had won the three-match T20I series 2-1. Sri Lanka were almost whitewashed, but skipper Dasun Shanaka scored a superb fifty in the final match. With 114 runs in three games, Australia’s skipper Aaron Finch was named the player of the Series. He had one half-century. He had a strike rate of more than 156 as well.