Compared to his great standards, Steve Smith has had a very underwhelming Test series against India so far. He has struggled at the middle while batting, especially against Ravichandran Ashwin. He has been able to manage 10 runs in 4 innings. Steve Smith’s terrible form has affected the Aussie batting order which resulted in an 8-wicket defeat at the Melbourne Test.
It goes without saying that the third Test in Sydney will now become very important for the Aussies. The series is level at 1-1 and if they lost the next Test, India will end up retaining the Border Gavaskar Trophy. Therefore, the team needs Steve Smith to be at his very best.
The current coach of the side, Justin Langer who was a former Australian great reckons that the best players have the ability to bounce back very quickly. The longer they are out of form, the sooner they’ll return to form, he believes. He also mentions that Steve Smith has the capacity to coach his own self and doesn’t particularly require interference.
“Imagine how good we will be when he does start batting – that’s how I look at it. He hasn’t had the best of series so far. He will be the first to admit that. My gosh, what I know about great players, the longer they miss out, the sooner they are coming good again. That puts a big smile on my face. How do you coach Steve? I don’t coach Steve Smith. Steve Smith coaches himself and I am sure he is going to work it out,” said Langer in a virtual conference.
“Steve is always hitting a lot of balls. He did a lot leading up to it [MCG Test] but, again, there is nothing, even for the greatest of players, there is nothing that replaces time in the middle. And we know what a great problem solver he is, we know what a great player he is.”
Australia would be hoping that Steve returns to form, sooner rather than later.