Steve Smith technique would be accepted if he was Indian, Says Woodhill Coach
Lamenting the “aversion” of Australian cricket for adopting unconventional styles, Steve Smith’s training coach Trent Woodhill observed that the uniqueness of his famous neighbourhood would accept into the Indian system, where it is about “everything about the production.”
Days after Steve Smith redefined the art of scoring runs in a series of Ashes that belonged to him, Woodhill said singularity and unorthodox styles should celebrate. If Steve Smith was Indian, his technique and mechanics and the strategy around his batting would simply be accepted, Woodhill said.
“We see Kohli, Gavaskar, (Rohit) Sharma, Ganguly, Sehwag; all these players have unique techniques. The Indian system has to do with production, with the race score, “We don’t care how you do it as long as you do it,” whereas in Australia we wanted you to have a good score and we wanted you to look good,” he said.
Smith dominated the series by amassing 774-runs in an average of more than 110 that included three centuries and the same amount of fifty.
However, his unique approach to batting, especially when leaving the deliveries, was discussed by those who see his technique through the classic lens.
Woodhill is not very happy with those struggling to accept the singularity, saying that this attitude can have a negative impact on a young player’s career.
“Young players need protection from themselves and others who don’t like the difference. A cricket stick can be a brutal place for a young player, who could be forced to settle, more in Australia than in any other country he’s ever been in,” he said.
“In Australia, we struggle with things that are different. We like a sexy thirty-year-old Shaun Marsh, made with a conventional and engaging technique, rather than an unconventional Steven Smith,” he added.
While talking about an unconventional approach, he also quoted Indian spin legend Anil Kumble and Afghanistan star Rashid Khan.
“Other nations find a way to accommodate those players. Like a Rashid Khan, who holds the ball like a loosener but throws a skate, an Anil Kumble: seam, dolls, predominantly wrong,” he said.
“Australian cricket likes to pass the baton: that’s how you do it, that’s how it’s done. Steven came and, to some extent, David Warner came and said, “No, we’re going to do it this way now,” and they’ve been very successful,” Woodhill observed.
He’s called Smith the best since the great Donald Bradman.
“The old guard, the great experts of Test, still can’t understand how it works. So they still think, especially the bowlers, “Well, if I were bowling, I’d solve this guy,” he said. “And that’s what happens with cricket, especially in England and Australia:” If I can’t understand what it looks like, it can’t work.
“Steven has shown them that they are wrong. It’s the best since Bradman; this is no longer even an argument, ” he added.