February 26, 2012

Australian cricket

Encourage Steve Smith to play his way

Nikita Bastian

Stuart MacGill, writing in the Sydney Morning Herald, says it's important to embrace an individual's bowling style and try to enhance their strengths, hoping they get it right more often than not.

The reason I hadn't said anything to him [Steve Smith, during the BBL] in the nets is because I couldn't see anything wrong with the way he was preparing. He has undoubted talent with the ball, and I consider his future to be as a bowling all-rounder who brings the added bonus of being able win matches for Australia with the bat. Yes, he could bowl better during matches. I have no doubt that he stays awake at night thinking just that. But if a 22-year-old surrounded by everything that he loved didn't get a little distracted every now and then, you'd call for the men in white coats.

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