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5 bowlers who can upset Steve Smith in Tests

A transformation in cricketer’s career is obvious when he puts substantial efforts day in day out only to reap rewards. Steve Smith introduced himself as a leg spinner against Pakistan in a T20 international game at Melbourne in February 2010.

Steve Smith

But little did we know Smith would go places and dominate the opposition teams with his batting exploits. His transformation from an average leg-spinner to one of the best Test batsmen in the modern-era is indeed worth applauding.

Smith has scored 7227 runs in Tests, registering his personal best score of 239. He has maintained a phenomenal batting average of 62.8. He has hit 26 centuries and 29 fifties to his name. As far as his ODI career is concerned, he scored 4378 runs at an average of 43.3.

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He registered his best score of 164. Coming to the shortest format of the game, he scored 794 runs at an average of 27. He registered his best score of 90 in T20Is. Australia’s run-machine is known for his unorthodox batting stance.

“But my general stance where my back foot is going to almost off stump or may be even outside at stages, I know that anything outside my eyeline isn’t hitting the stumps. For me, you shouldn’t get out if the ball is not hitting the stumps, so that is just a trick from me when I first started doing it, just limiting the ways I get out,” he explained.

“Sometimes, I get trapped in front but I’m okay with that at stages, knowing that if it is outside my eyeline, I don’t need to try and play the ball, I can just leave that,” the 31-year-old explained when asked about his unconventional batting technique.

Though he has been the toughest batsman to bowl to in recent years, some bowlers can still crack the code by troubling him. In the article, we will look at 5 bowlers who can upset Steve Smith in Test cricket.

Ravindra Jadeja

5 bowlers who can upset Steve Smith in Tests
Ravindra Jadeja

Steve Smith has had some tough times playing against left-arm off-spin than any other sort of bowler. Though the batsman himself played down spin concerns earlier, stats reveal that Smith struggled to get going against left-arm spinners.

In this case, Ravindra Jadeja is someone who can ruffle Smith’s feathers quite a bit. He is known for his subtle bowling variations of good line and length. His ideal bowling length is more than enough to upset Smith during the passage of play. Jadeja got rid of Smith 4 times in 12 innings.

Jofra Archer

5 bowlers who can upset Steve Smith in Tests

If there is one bowler who made an instant impact with the ball for England, then it is Jofra Archer. The Barbados-born pacer has made it a habit of performing well on a consistent basis. He is known for his ability to bowl pin-point yorkers and bowl lethal bouncers.

Archer is a type of bowler who can be a nightmare to most of the batsmen including Steve Smith. He ended up as the leading wicket-taker for England and played an important role in their maiden world cup triumph.

Mohammad Abbas

5 bowlers who can upset Steve Smith in Tests

Pakistani fast bowler Mohammad Abbas announced his arrival when he made it into the top ten ICC Test bowlers rankings. He went from strength to strength with productive performances both home and away. Based on his performances, he enhanced his reputation in Test cricket.

The right-arm fast bowler had a fantastic series at home against Australia last year. He bagged as many as 17 wickets in 2 games including fifers in each innings of the second Test match in Abu Dhabi. The fast bowler is quite accurate with his line and lengths around the off-stump where Steve Smith and all other batsmen really feel uncomfortable.

Kagiso Rabada

5 bowlers who can upset Steve Smith in Tests

South Africa has always been a nation that is truly blessed with incredible fast bowlers. Among them, Kagiso Rabada is a bright young prospect. With incredible pace in his arsenal, Rabada can upset any batsman on his day. His ability to deliver cutters at pace with precision makes him a class apart from most other bowlers in the present era.

The 24-year-old fast bowler is destined to break many more records in the times to come. He has picked 176 wickets in 37 Tests with 9 fifers. Rabada is No.2 in ICC Test bowlers rankings. He has a history of irking Smith when they faced each other. Rabada has dismissed Steve Smith thrice in 12 test innings.

Jasprit Bumrah

5 bowlers who can upset Steve Smith in Tests

Indian fans can take pride in the fact that they have a world-class bowler like Jasprit Bumrah. The 25-year-old pacer has accounted for 62 wickets at 19 matches on 4 overseas tours including a five-fer on each of these overseas tours.

He is currently placed third in the ICC Test bowlers rankings. There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that Bumrah will have tactics and a proper game plan against Smith they lock horns with each other. The battle between these two stalwarts would be awesome.

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