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    Where to bowl to Steve Smith?

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    I agree with Gary Naylor of 99.94

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    Bowl a fifth, even sixth, stump line and ask him to fetch the ball round his front pad to score on his favoured leg side. Ask him if he thinks his technique works with the ball swinging in England – because nobody else does. Remind him that on the next tour, he’ll be Number Three and captain just like another three time Ashes loser Ricky Ponting.
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    Smith should really be on one of those ridiculous web ads.

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    The only problem with Naylor's analysis is Smith doesn't often fetch it around his front pad. If it's wide enough to hit on the off after he's shuffled across the crease, he hits it there. Gary obviously confused Smith with himself as he fetches another ice cream pie from around his front pad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post
    The only problem with Naylor's analysis is Smith doesn't often fetch it around his front pad. If it's wide enough to hit on the off after he's shuffled across the crease, he hits it there.
    Right, and he's nowhere near as good at it as he is playing leg-side, so it's a good place to bowl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uppercut View Post
    Right, and he's nowhere near as good at it as he is playing leg-side, so it's a good place to bowl.
    Nowhere near as good? I don't think that's true. He clearly prefers to play on the leg side, but he doesn't go to extreme lengths to do so to balls than can more easily be played on the off. If he did, he wouldn't score so many runs. Like any batsman, if you bowl tight to him you won't get pumped, but it's not as simple as just bowling 4th or 5th stump and watching him try to hit everything on the on side. 'Playing around his pad' suggests he plants his foot and plays around his front leg, something he doesn't often do.
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    Smith doesn't mind leaving the ball either.

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    Reminds me of Trott pre getting himself out all the time and not being able to play the short ball. I'd probably bowl 5th stump line to him. Try to get him defending just wide of off stump.
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    I would try a short leg and/or leg gully, and bowl straight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post
    Nowhere near as good? I don't think that's true. He clearly prefers to play on the leg side, but he doesn't go to extreme lengths to do so to balls than can more easily be played on the off. If he did, he wouldn't score so many runs. Like any batsman, if you bowl tight to him you won't get pumped, but it's not as simple as just bowling 4th or 5th stump and watching him try to hit everything on the on side. 'Playing around his pad' suggests he plants his foot and plays around his front leg, something he doesn't often do.
    Hmm yeah he's more of a zone player than someone like say Ross Taylor who can cut/slash or clip through the onside to the same channel delivery. Smith has one option, but he does it well.
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    Smith goes alright through cover and point. Just doesn't play too many off drives.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Son Of Coco View Post
    Smith goes alright through cover and point. Just doesn't play too many off drives.
    Not driving the ball through the offside is a pretty decent strategy for a top order bat in England ftr.
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