Ashes Series: Steve Smith has hinted at returning to his best touch with the bat. Also, seemingly finding the grip he requires. Also, he remains confident the tweak will give him more scoring options in the upcoming Ashes series. Smith’s bat has produced mixed results in the last two summers against India and New Zealand. He only made it to a century. Surprisingly, the 32-year-old had some difficulty against Neil Wagner. Then, in late 2019, his short-pitched deliveries. Smith is hoping to turn things around this summer at home. Steve Smith admits to getting a handle on things. It’s comparable to his situation in 2014-15. When he first started his path to becoming an ace Test batter.
“Yeah, I’ve found my grip back to how I used to hold it back in 2014-15. It’s a little more open, not quite as closed as I’ve had it for a few years. So it’s giving me I think a lot more scoring options through the off-side and I feel as though it’s in a good place,” Steve Smith said.
Ashes Series: Furthermore, in each of the four Tests, Smith made a century within the opening innings. Against India, in the 2014-15 season. He was positioned number one in the Test batting rankings. After his tour of the West Indies. Smith went on to say that he discovered his previous grip. He was also able to successfully deal with the short ball. Then he can broaden his scoring options. The newly-appointed Test vice-captain of Australia is eager to rediscover his 2014-15 form.
“The grip change doesn’t affect my legside play at all. It helps me with short stuff and playing the pull shot. I’ve got more of my bottom hand on the bat as opposed to a couple of my fingers coming off – which enables me to be in more control. It took a little while to get that change. It felt quite foreign for a while,” Smith said.
Ashes Series: “Lastly, whenever I remember back to the 14-15 series against India, I hit the ball as well as I’ve ever hit it, but my head wasn’t in the same place as it was in 17-18 and 19 when I didn’t think I was striking the ball as well but my decision-making and attention levels were better,” Steve Smith added.