Smith’s form deteriorated from playing less Test cricket last year: Labushan

Melbourne, 1 January (IANS). Australian batsman Marnus Labushan has said that the main reason for Steve Smith’s poor form is to play less Test cricket due to Kovid-19.

Smith has scored 10 runs in four innings so far in the ongoing four-match Test series with India. He has been dismissed twice by off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, while once by Jasprit Bumrah.

He has played only three Test matches in the last 12 months. Apart from two Test matches of this series, Smith played a Test match against New Zealand in the first week of January-2020.

At the same time, he has played 10 ODIs and scored 568 runs in the last 12 months. He has scored 217 runs in nine T20 matches. Smith also played in the IPL this year. The Rajasthan Royals captain played 14 matches and also landed for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League.

In all, he played 37 matches with the white ball while the Test matches played only three.

Speaking to the media, Labushan said, he has not scored much runs. He has played a lot of white ball cricket and he did not get much time to play with the red ball, but it is a reality in Kovid’s position.

Labushain said that Smith has a lot of Test experience and has scored two centuries against India in the ODI series so his form is not a concern.

He said, Smith has an average of 60 after playing about 80 (75) matches. From the beginning of his career, he told how persistent he is. He keeps running on the board. As I said, you can say whatever you want, but it did not take long for him to score two centuries off almost 60 balls.

–IANS

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