Steve Smith’s hilarious take on David Warner’s unusual guard in WTC final
Smith explain warner unusual guard: Australia supported David Warner for the World Test Championship match against India in spite of his bat issues in the longest version of the game. The southpaw eventually came through and helped his team get off to a good start, scoring 43 runs off of 60 balls and, more crucially, tackling Mohammed Shami and Mohammed Siraj skillfully during a challenging period.
It’s interesting to see that Warner altered his strategy for Test cricket. In order to prevent himself from entering the crease too far, he dug a large hole close to the wickets. In order to evaluate his moves, he also drew a deep line parallel to the stumps behind the crease. Senior Australian batsman Steve Smith made the amusing claim that he nearly twisted his ankle during the first few deliveries when discussing the identical situation. He continued by saying that while it took him some time to realise, he eventually developed a habit of doing it.
“Yeah, I almost fell in it. I kind of, I didn’t really move around it. I got used to it eventually, but almost twisted my ankle the first few balls I faced out there to be honest. Then I sort of got used to it, but it was odd. I’d never experienced that before on that side really,” Smith was quoted as saying by India Today.
“You occasionally get the edge of the footmarks, you know, the back end of a game, second innings where you kind of fall into them and you’re a bit, yeah, I don’t know, just off balance, but when I’m moving to off stump and I’ve got this hole there, it was something I hadn’t experienced before, but maybe I need to do it more often, it worked for me, so he can keep digging that hole I suppose,” the 34-year-old added.
Meanwhile, Australia scored 469 runs in the first innings because to Smith and Travis Head’s outstanding 285-run partnership on day 1. The Rohit Sharma-led team is 151/5 after Day 2 despite the Indian hitters’ struggles to get going. They are now 318 runs behind.