Steve Smith’s unimpressive beating against India in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar trophy has caused quite a stir in the Australian cricket fraternity. Former Australia captain Kim Hughes feels Smith is not in a good mental space having been away from his family for more than four months now.
Smith battled Indian bowling attacks in the first two Tests of the 4 match series. He hasn’t scored a double after hitting in four innings so far. Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin did it twice, while Bumrah knocked him out on one occasion.
Speaking to the Times of India, Huges stated that the distance from his family had weighed heavily on Smith but, he believed that the latter would soon recover.
“You see, Smith is a world class player but hasn’t looked like that in the Test series. He has been leaving his wife Dani for more than four and a half months due to cricket and quarantine restrictions. Smith was not in a good room — far from his partner. I hope he does well in Sydney. “Smith just need to take some time in the middle and the run will come automatically,” said Hughes.
Steve Smith, who had the highest hitting average for an Australian hitter in 2019, has been Australia’s mainstay hitter in recent years. However, his sudden fall became the main concern of the entire team.
Huges also spoke about how the Indians are turning things around in Melbourne after suffering a devastating blow in Adelaide. The former Australia captain argued that Tim Paine’s decision on the pitch cost the hosts a very heavy price.
“We missed a golden opportunity to lead 2-0 in this series. India will be fragile after their collapse in Adelaide and with our three pioneers in the Melbourne goal, things will be difficult for them. “I was very surprised when we chose to hit first,” said Hughes.