Steve Smith is known for his overly-enthusiastic leaves, but he took things to another level on day three of the second Test at Lord’s on Friday.
He was out in the middle only for a short while, moving to 13 off 40 balls before play was called off due to rain with Australia in trouble at 80-4 in reply to England’s first innings total of 258. But there’s always something happening when Smith is at the crease.
Wielding his bat like a lightsaber, the 30-year-old’s leaves were more exaggerated than usual. As Chris Woakes, Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer continuously kept moving the ball away from Smith, the right-hander started letting the ball go the keeper, but in the process, he pulled off many funny movements with his body.
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Broad even went as far as claiming that Smith’s unique mannerisms at the crease are a distraction for umpires.