ASHES 2019 by Bharat Sundaresan • Last updated on ShareTweet Smith faced throwdowns from the batting coach Hick and the bowling machine for hour-and-a-half in the nets © Getty “Better tomorrow, better the day after and better the day after that.” Steve Smith’s words echoed around the indoor practice area at the Edgbaston Cricket Centre. It wasn’t clear who those words, which were shouted out with a lot of emotion after his lengthy batting stint, were exactly directed towards. In all likelihood this was Steve Smith speaking to Steve Smith, or making a declaration to himself. Graeme Hick, Sridharan Sriram and Justin Langer had by then either moved away or were busy packing up the copious amount of balls that had been used to satisfy Smith in the nets. The 30-year-old former Australian captain had just got done with an uncomfortable hour-and-a-half batting in the nets, facing batting coach Hick’s throwdowns and the bowling machine. And he’d looked rather ill at ease for most parts. But his passionate post-session pronouncement could well sum up his batting ever since he made a comeback to high-profile cricket with the IPL in April. He’s rarely looked at his best, but has ominously been… Read full this story
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