Cricket: One of the greatest batsmen of modern cricket, Steve Smith has always been in the news since the start of Ashes 2019 in England. His return to the Australian Test team has been nothing short of a dream. Smith, who joined the team after a one-year ban, has made up for the 1-year time in his first series.
Smith scored 774 runs in 7 innings at an average of 110.57 this year. He has also achieved the number one position in ICC rankings in Test matches, leaving behind Virat Kohli.
Taking the wicket of Steve Smith is not easy for any bowler, but still happened 4 times in Test cricket when Steve Smith could not even open his account. Let’s look at the 4 bowlers who dismissed Smith at zero:
Steve Smith was last out of Test cricket without opening an account in 2016, when South Africa toured Australia for a three-match Test series.
In the first Test match in Perth, Steve Smith landed at the crease to capitalize on a good start given by the openers, but spinner Keshav Maharaj took his first Test wicket to send Smith to the pavilion.
Steve Smith had to struggle a lot during the Test series against Pakistan in 2014. In Asia, he was seen in a lot of trouble against spin. During the second Test, Pakistan’s first innings pressure of 570 runs shattered Australia’s batting.
Smith lost the innings with captain Michael Clarke after losing 4 wickets for 97 runs but unfortunately, he was dismissed for zero. Zulfiqar Babar troubled him with his spin bowling and took his wicket.
The Australian team reached South Africa in 2014 with strong intentions after winning the Ashes 5–0. The Kangaroos had made their intentions clear by winning the first Test match of the series.
In the second Test match, the Australian batsmen faced Dale Steyn’s dangerous bouncers and took the wicket of Steve Smith and sent them to the pavilion at zero.
The credit for Steve Smith’s dismissal for the first time in Test cricket goes to England fast bowler Chris Tremlett. He did this in 2013 during Australia’s 5–0 Ashes victory over England.
During the first Test, Australia had a lead of 159 runs on a first-innings basis. The Australian batsmen were trying to score fast runs and Steve Smith was dismissed for zero in the same attempt.