Shane Warne & Michael Hussey Criticize the Positioning of Steve Smith in the Slips

December 1, 2019 12:05 pm

Steve Smith was under criticism from former Australian cricketers Shane Warne and Michael Hussey for his positioning in the slips in the on going series between Australia and Pakistan.

Warne criticized the 30-year old of standing too deep in the slips, which has wasted a few opportunities being missed.

“That was perfect bowling and Steve Smith we have seen him in the last two Test matches be really deep,” Warne said as per Fox Sports.

“That was a regulation nick and that’s what the slip should be there for. For me Smith has been too deep for two Test matches.

“It should have been straight down first slip’s throat. Look how deep he is there. The bowler should say something. Steve come up a step please.

“You would have thought Smith would have learned his lesson in Brisbane. That should have been straight to him.”

Michael Hussey also expressed similar feelings, saying Smith was standing too deep in the slips.

“I just want to talk about Steve Smith and the depth that he is fielding at first slip,” Hussey told Fox Cricket’s The Lab.

“The one on the left was up in Brisbane and that did take a small deflection of Tim Paine’s gloves, but again Steve Smith is very deep and it didn’t quite carry. This where he should be standing at least a good two or three steps forward.

“There was one today falling short of Steve Smith off Nathan Lyon and then the one in the previous over off Marnus Labuschagne.

“Steve Smith should be catching that at waste height. You are there for a defensive shot or a front foot drive.

“You are not there for the cut shot so that is why he needs to be closer to take it waste high.

“You would rather have him dropped it than the ball not carrying.”

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