Champion drummer Steve Smith was chained to getting caught behind on the final day of Sheffield Shield of NSW takes on Victoria at SCG today.
But the former Australian skipper’s mood may have improved as he straightened up in the stands at the sight of teammate Sean Abbott destroying Victoria’s attack.
NSW’s second rounds, in which they climbed to 175 all to put Victoria 141 up for grabs, continued to crumble when Smith was deemed to have taken a Will Sutherland delivery by goalkeeper Seb Gotch.
The Blues were at an 8-91 stage, having lost eight wickets for just 69 points since the fall of the first wicket, Smith’s dismissal reducing the hosts to 6-68 in the 30th of their innings.
But Smith clearly didn’t think his bat had grazed the ball, with reigning medalist Allan Border shaking his head several times and looking around in frustration as he trudged up from the middle.
Victoria ultimately won Sheffield Shield’s opener of the competition’s resumption by four wickets, but not before a 73-run blitz on just 75 Abbott balls at the end of the NSW innings took the Blues to a total that seemed defensible.
The great all-rounder, who was included in the Australian test teams for the Indian series and called off the South Africa tour, beat five fours and six sixes to lead the Blues 6-68 to 175 all.
Powerful all-rounder becomes ballistic