Smith Makes His Mark

The all rounder of the Australian Cricket team, Steve Smith, made a mark with the ball the other day against Zimbabwe as he got 3 wickets in his 4.1 overs with his part time leg spin.
Smith is crucial to Australia’s plans for the World Cup. He is a gritty middle order batsman who can fight out testing conditions and if he starts doing a bit as a bowler too, he would be a great prospect for the Kangaroos.
Smith was actually a bowler who could bat a bit when he had first broken into the Australian national side. But, over the last 5 years, he has worked more on his batting and his bowling has slowly faded away.
However, now, he has realized that with fierce competition for the spots in the One Day side squad of Australia, he needs to improve his bowling; otherwise, he might well get overlooked for the World Cup.
Smith is an established test match player now for Australia, but, it doesn’t apply to him in One Day Cricket as he is still a work in progress in that format. He has improved as a batsman of late in the sense that he has added some creative shots to his arsenal. He plays lap shots and switch hits with precision, but, with the likes of Glenn Maxwell and other power hitters there, he has found himself out of the side most of the times.
In that game against Zimbabwe, Smith did show that he was still capable of giving the ball a rip and getting spin out of the surface. He has got a real classy, action too. There is no reason why he can’t become a handy leggie especially in limited-over cricket.
Smith has 22 wickets to his name in the One Day Internationals till date.