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'I've Found My Hands': Smith Ready To Forget IPL Form

'I've Found My Hands': Smith Ready To Forget IPL Form Photo: TT
Steve Smith during an Australia net session at Old Trafford

Australian superstar batsman Steve Smith admits his form in the 2020 Indian Premier League wasn’t up to his standards but says he’s “found his hands” again ahead of the white ball series against India.

Australia and India begin their three-match One Day International series in Sydney on Friday, before embarking on a three-game T20 International series and a four-match Test series this summer.

Smith is part of all three formats in the Aussie national team, but he’s coming off an IPL campaign where he made 311 runs in 14 knocks at an average of 25.91 for Rajasthan Royals.

“I was pretty disappointed with my batting throughout the IPL,” Smith said. “From my standards, I wasn’t consistent enough.

“I had a few innings here and there, but I never got into a really good rhythm. I got a bit caught up with trying to be a bit too powerful and that’s not quite my game.

“There are those players around the world that can hit sixes at will, and I’m probably not one of those. For me it’s about playing proper cricket shots and hitting the gaps and manipulating the field as much as I can, and I probably went away from that a bit in the IPL.

“But I know that’s the best way that I play, so keeping my thoughts clear and hitting the ball in the areas I want to hit it.”

In an ominous warning ahead of the India series, the 31-year-old former Australia captain said he’d re-discovered what was missing during the IPL, albeit in his own idiosyncratic fashion.

“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 three-and-a-half or four months to do it… It’s hard to explain but it just hasn’t quite been right until probably two days ago and I found a little something and everything just clicked in.”

The Australian squad are training together this week in Sydney ahead of the opening match, while India have completed their mandatory 14-day quarantine period in Australia.

Ben somerford
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