Steve Smith's hilarious movement during Ashes second Test


A compilation video has hit Twitter, highlighting the hilarious way Steve Smith chooses to leave the ball in the ongoing Ashes series.

It comes after the second Test concluded as a draw, with Australia still leading 1-0.

Newly introduced Jofra Archer combined with Jack Leach and Ben Stokes in a captivating fifth-day victory charge that left England just four wickets short of a much-needed victory.

England had declared at 258-5, setting Australia an unlikely 267 to win. In turn, the task proved too great to overturn for either side as the light became so absent that Archer was unable to bowl the final two overs, resulting in a draw at Lord’s.

Batting on the final day of the second Test, Australia were without premier batsman Smith, who had to be withdrawn from the contest after suffering from concussion when he was struck by a venomous ball delivered from Archer.

Before that, though, Smith looked unbeatable for much of the first innings, scoring 92 before eventually being trapped LBW by Chris Woakes. This came after he had taken a break to see the doctor after being caught by a 92mph delivery from Archer.

On being adjudged fit to go back out and go closer than any Australian batsman to hitting a century in the second Test, the left-handed batsman felt unable to return to action on Sunday morning.

In his absence, though, social media has played its part in making Smith feel part of the action.

A compilation video was posted by England Women cricketer Alex Hartley, admiring the way the Australian leaves a delivery destined to miss the wickets.

It seems the batter has a different stance for every other bowl. From hopping forwards, turning backwards and, quite obviously, swinging his bat nowhere near the ball, Smith has got everyone laughing with his unorthodox movements.

It hasn’t just stopped there either.

Australian cricketer Trent Copeland joked that Smith was performing so well and swinging his bat around so much that it may as well have been a lightsaber.

The hilarious rendition of the video puts a Darth Vader mask over Smith’s face and swaps the wooden bat for the equally devastating Jedi weapon.

Whilst we don’t think Smith is quite the master of the dark side, he continues to bat as though he comes from a Galaxy far, far away.

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