Australian captain Steve Smith has been England’s main source of misery in the ongoing Ashes, battering the English bowlers to a pulp with his batting abilities. However, after being hit in the chest by a Milos Raonic fast serve, Smith went on to have a dig at English pacer James Anderson.
Smith has averaged an incredible 142 in the Ashes so far with a hundred and a double century en route to reclaiming the coveted urn. With the Australian Open starting next month, Smith joined up with Raonic and decided to give tennis a try. He admitted that he had played a bit of the sport while growing up but his cricketing commitments meant that tennis had to take a backseat nowadays.
“It (his game) used to be alright when I was a kid, and I played a little bit. I don’t get the chance to play that often anymore. No doubt I’ll be a little bit rusty first time around. Usually, if I play a few games, I get a bit better,” Smith said before taking the court against Raonic, reported cricket.com.au.
In a video released by Cricket Australia, Raonic was asked how quick his serve was to which the Canadian replied, “Sometimes on a good day I can get it up to 250kmph”. On hearing this, Smith who faces the likes of Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, who bowl at 150kmph, in the nets had an impressed expression on his face.
When the duo finally took
“Now I know how James Anderson feels,” Smith quipped almost instantly.
Recently, former England captain Mike Atherton had asked the umpires to start protecting the English tailenders from the “bodyline” bowling that they were being subjected to by the Aussies.