“Sweep shot is not my first option,” says Steve Smith while playing against the spinners

Steve Smith opens up in this in-depth interview about his batting philosophy, from tempo to technique and everything in between, against spin bowling after having spent countless hours in the nets over the previous few days getting ready for the spin trial he’s anticipated to face in Galle.

Cricbuzz interviewed Steve Smith in which he reveals in-depth analysis about his batting style. When asked about his approach in playing against the spinners, Stev Smith explained his “funda” on it.

On asked: “There’s also always the question in the subcontinent, to sweep or not to sweep. I’ve seen you practice that sweep shot quite a bit on this tour so far. On which side of the fence do you sit on generally with sweeping in these conditions?”

To which Steve Smith said:

“For me, it’s more when the ball is spinning into me. Just trying to negate the bat-pad as much as possible. Off a good length, when the ball is spinning in, I probably prefer getting down the wicket or get deeper to play off the back-foot. And if it’s big spin and bounce then probably the sweep is an option for me. But sweep is not my first kind of option. But particularly more second innings, it might come into play. Depending on what I’m seeing, what the fields are and how the wicket’s playing, it will depend on how I want to play. And it’ll be important to adapt on the go and be confident enough to play what you see fit at the time and what’s going to be effective.”