World Cup 2019: Steve Smith has gone from strength to strength ever since he made his return to cricket after serving a 12-month ban for ball tampering. Smith joined the Australian team in their preparation for the World Cup and what a comeback he made. He took a breathtaking catch to announce his return in a big way in an unofficial ODI against New Zealand. The one-handed scorcher sends Tom Latham packing. The incident happened in the 33rd over of the match, when Behrendorff’s slower delivery foxed the southpaw who was early into the shot. It was a top-edge which was taken by Smith, who had to cover about 10 meters to his right and then complete the catch. Also Read - India vs Australia 2020, 1st ODI Match Report: Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, Adam Zampa Star as Australia Beat India by 66 Runs to Take 1-0 Lead
Here is the video posted by Cricket Australia. It was captioned, “WHAT A CATCH! Steve Smith has still got it!” Also Read - Australia vs India ODI in Sydney: Predicted Playing XIs, Pitch Report, Toss Timing, Squads, Weather Forecast For 1st ODI
Meanwhile, Smith has just come back from India where he was a part of the Rajasthan Royals franchise. He amassed 692 runs in 12 games for the Royals, comprising of nine fifties. With Smith and Warner making come back to Australia will make them a formidable unit for the upcoming World Cup.
Earlier in the game, the Kiwis managed to post 215 in 46.1 overs. It was Behrendorff’s three-wickets that pegged back the Blackcaps. Kane Williamson’s absence was felt as Kiwis were ordinary.
Australia won the first of three unofficial one-day matches by one wicket with 10 balls to spare at Allan Border Field in Brisbane. These matches will help Smith and Warner get used to the team atmosphere which is important ahead of the WC.