Steven Smith might have risen to the top of the world rankings in test match cricket, but, Graeme Swann still does not seem to rate him that much.
According to Swann, Smith is not technically equipped enough to be successful at the one down position in English conditions.
Speaking on a channel about Smith, Swann said, “I am yet to be convinced about his technique to be honest. For him to score so fluently over the last year or so, it’s a bit of a surprise, not only for other people, but, probably for himself as well. He will obviously want to keep up his good work, but, a tough challenge is awaiting him if he bats in the top order and the ball does a bit.”
“In the past, there have been some Australian players who had that intimidating touch in them. You talk about Matthew Hayden, Steve Waugh and guys like that. They would make you lose sleep. I am not sure Smith is one of those blokes. Every time you see him bat, you feel there is some weakness.”
Swann might not be that wrong in saying that Smith has not got a perfect technique in the world, but, the performance of a batsman does not depend entirely on technique.
A lot of foreign players, with a vulnerable technique, have come to England and scored runs.
There is no reason, Smith can’t.
It’s a lot about applying yourself in test Cricket. If you are determined, focussed and ready to graft and put your body on the line, you can get away with slight technical flaws if you are carrying them.
Smith must have done something right in the last few months to be able to win so many games for Australia in different conditions.
So, he would definitely back himself to make big contributions for Australia this Ashes series too.