Sunday, 07 March, 2021


Sachin Tendulkar Names Mayank Agarwal As A 'Confirmed Starter'

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Noah Ferguson | 27 November, 2020, 07:35

I don't know why but (probably because) I pretty much didn't bat for four months at the start of Covid. An enforced break has been a good remedy.

But the constant tapping of the bat might soon give way to some peace for his neighbours, and perhaps for Smith who seems to have "found something" while practicing in the nets these last few days. As a kid growing up, I always watched the matches between India and Australia.

Smith said he's had the feeling before, attributing his stellar form in the 2017-18 Ashes series, when he averaged 137.40, to finding the flawless batting balance with his hands.

"Theoretically it is a simple thing; it's just getting that feel and the look of the bat behind my toe the right way and the way my hands come up on the bat".

"It's hard to explain but it hasn't been right up until about two days ago, then something sort of clicked in".

"For myself opening the batting, it's not just a thing where the coach and selectors will come and ask me".

"But we obviously know how to get off strike with each other, but that's just normally what you do anyway as a cricketer - if Will's there he's not going to do anything different".

Smith is the world's best batsmen in the test-match format now and averages 62.84 with the bat. He missed India's last tour Down Under because he was banned for his part in a ball-tampering scandal during a test in South Africa earlier in the year.

The limited-overs series, comprising of three ODIs and three T20Is, will be followed by four Tests starting December 17 in Adelaide.

With India now touring Australia for a full series, Tendulkar has advised the Indian pacers to keep the ball away from Smith's reach and thereby force him to play away from his body.

Smith is determined to play a big role this time.

"I'm not too sure - they are two guys who captained their country and I'm sure they would have had a say in their teams as well", he said.

Australia's top stars will emerge from their two weeks in quarantine on Thursday night, and the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner and Mitchell Starc have already publicly questioned how many more times they can commit to the repetitive isolation of a hotel room.

Neil Wagner undertook a short ball attack against Steve Smith with great success last summer.

"It's a kind of flattery in a way, if that's the only way people believe they can get me out because they've exhausted so many options", he said.

"I've known Joe for a long time, we've played out in the middle together, we know each other's game very well, but it's upon the selectors to pick the right person to fit that position".

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