Australia cricket team made a big change before the third T20 match against India and rested 6 players.
Among these players was the legendary batsman Steve Smith of the Kangaroo team. Smith started the first two games as the opening batsman.
Given his performance in cricket’s shortest format, he now faces some challenges in getting a chance.
Let’s examine the numbers to better understand why we are saying this.
The main issue is Smith’s strike rate.
Batsmen in T20 cricket need to bat with intensity, but Smith’s strike rate is starting to pose a serious issue.
In the first Twenty20 match against India, Smith scored fifty runs off of forty-one balls. His bat scored 19 runs in 16 balls during the second match. He struck out 118.75 times.
Smith participated in 11 games in 2022, scoring 145 runs at a strike percentage of 119.83.
achieved my first half-century since 2019
Smith has participated in two T20 matches this year and amassed 71 runs at a strike percentage of 124.56. Smith has now amassed a half-century in T-20 international cricket, his first such score since 2019.
In 2019, prior to the first Twenty20 match against India, he scored a half-century of eighty runs against the Pakistan cricket team.
He averaged 18.12 runs per game last year, with a best score of just 37 runs.
Smith has had incredible BBL performance.
Earlier this year in the Big Bash League (BBL) 2022–23, Smith opened the batting for the Sydney Sixers. He scored two centuries in a row while opening the innings.
He made Sixers history by becoming the team’s first batsman to score two hundreds in a row.
Smith had a strikeout percentage of 174.74 and an average of 86.50 while scoring 346 runs in 5 innings during that season.
An examination of Smith’s international T20 career
Throughout his T20 international career, Smith has participated in 65 games and amassed 1,079 runs at a strike rate of 125.17 and an average of 25.69.
He has, however, amassed five half-centuries, the highest of which was ninety runs. Right now, he ranks sixth among his nation’s run scorers.
Smith competed for Australia in the 2021 T20 World Cup, which they won.