Batting coach Trent Woodhill said that it is time for Australia to deviate from traditional cricket techniques
Trent Woodhill said that if Steve Smith was an Indian cricketer, his batting style would be accepted. He said that Smith’s unique batting should be celebrated and not criticized.
‘If Steven was Indian, his technique and mechanics and the strategy around his batting would just be accepted’.
The coach noted Indian cricketers with unique techniques and said that the system in India cricket is about output and scoring runs. He said that the traditional method embraced by Australia is to ‘score well and look good’.
‘We see Kohli, Gavaskar, Sharma, Ganguly, Sehwag - all these players have unique techniques. The Indian system is all about output, about scoring runs, "We don’t care how you do it as long as you do it", whereas in Australia we wanted you to score well and we wanted you to look good’.
Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 774 runs at an average of 110 during the recently-concluded Ashes 2019. His impressive figures included three centuries and fifties.
‘Australian cricket likes to pass the baton on: this is how you do it, this is how it’s always been done. Steven’s come along, and to some extent, David Warner’s come along and said, "No, we’re gonna do it this way now", and they’ve had a lot of success’, said the coach.
‘And that’s the thing with cricket, especially in England and Australia: "If I can’t understand how it looks, it can’t work"'.
‘Steven has proven them wrong. He’s the best since Bradman; this is not even an argument anymore’, added the Woodhill.
Australia’s next assignment is Sr Lanka’s Tour of Australia. The teams will play three T20Is for the tour in October.
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