Steven Smith might have risen to the top of the world rankings in test match cricket

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. (more…)

Graeme Swann does not want to see Joe Root leading

Graeme Swann does not want to see Joe Root leading the Three Lions in near future.

There has been a lot of buzz about Root in England at the moment. People want him to be appointed the captain in all formats of the game as soon as possible.

But, Swann reckons if the selectors do that, it will not turn out to be beneficial at the end.

According to Swann, Root is playing his Cricket freely at the moment. He is expressing himself on the field and is enjoying life and his energy in the changing room gives a bit of freshness to the other guys too. All of a sudden, if he is loaded with responsibility, he would be forced to change himself and get calmer and that would not necessarily prove to be beneficial for him. So, even if a situation arises where the selectors need to replace Alistair Cook as skipper, the Yorkshire man should not be considered. (more…)

West Indies needs Huge Improvement in their Performance

West Indies must improve their batting if they don’t have to become the victim of upsets in the group stage of the World Cup.

They might have some of the biggest hitters in World Cricket in their ranks, but, the reputation doesn’t count during matches.

There hasn’t been a more inconsistent Cricket team than West Indies at this point in time.

They are just not able to put two or three good performances together. They have hardly won a One Day International Series in the last 2-3 years.

If you have a look at their batting line up, you would find it hard to believe that they have lost so many matches in the recent past.

The main problem with West Indies’ batting is the rotation of strike. Hitting sixes is not that hard for them, but, in a 50-over game, you cannot be going for big shots all the time. It’s just too long a period to be trying to play that way. You have got to build your innings as well in the middle and that’s where the Caribbean guys falter. They just don’t know how to play the low risk game. (more…)