澳大利亞對陣英格蘭。東道主在悉尼的勝利使ODI系列賽獲勝

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澳大利亞對陣英格蘭。東道主在悉尼的勝利使ODI系列賽獲勝

史蒂夫-史密斯(Steve Smith)打出了高水準的94分,澳大利亞在第二場單日國際賽中以72分的優勢擊敗了英格蘭,確保在剩下的一場比賽中取得系列賽的勝利。

當斯塔克在追擊的第一局就將傑森-羅伊和達維德-馬蘭除去,使他們以0-2落後時,這對英格蘭來說看起來是非常遙遠的。

對於選擇讓隊長喬斯-巴特勒(Jos Buttler)休息的遊客來說,情況變得更糟,因為喬斯-哈茲爾伍德(Josh Hazlewood)--首次擔任澳大利亞隊隊長,帕特-卡明斯(Pat Cummins)也被休息--投中了菲爾-薩爾特(Phil Salt)。

詹姆斯-文斯和薩姆-比林斯之間的122分合作關係使英格蘭隊回到了競爭狀態,然後在三局中出現了四隻小鳥,其中三隻小鳥只得1分,使主隊牢牢控制了局面。

斯塔克以4-47的數字結束,亞當-贊帕拿下4-45,英格蘭隊最終在38.4局中以208分被淘汰,澳大利亞隊以不可動搖的2-0領先進入周二在墨爾本板球場舉行的第三場也是最後一場ODI。

史密斯處於不祥的狀態,灰燼即將到來

"可能是六年來我感覺最好的一次,"史密斯在第一場ODI中打出80分未出局後告訴記者。

"我只是處於非常好的位置,我感覺非常好,說實話,我已經六年左右沒有這種感覺了。"

現在離灰燼賽只有六個月多一點的時間了,這位前澳大利亞隊長在經歷了--按照他自己的標準--安靜的幾年之後,再次找到了狀態,這感覺有點不可避免。

在過去的兩年裡,史密斯在測試和ODI板球比賽中的平均成績僅超過50分,這種低迷導致他對自己的技術進行了重大改變,這意味着他在折返點上更加側向。

在阿德萊德打出如此流暢的擊球後,33歲的史密斯在SCG的慢速球場上更加掙扎,但他在大部分比賽中仍然處於控制狀態。

即使在跑動不暢的情況下,史密斯看起來也從未被淘汰。

不過,當他釋放他的手臂時,新方法似乎讓他更容易地接近外側,而沒有明顯地減少他通過腿部的巨大力量。

只有當他試圖興致勃勃地達到他的世紀時,他才會失手,但只是在把澳大利亞帶入一個強有力的位置之後。

史密斯修改後的方法如何轉化為紅球板球還有待觀察,但從目前的證據來看,全世界的保齡球手都有理由開始有點緊張。


Steve Smith made a high-class 94 as Australia beat England by 72 runs in the second one-day international to secure a series win with a game to spare.

That looked a very long way off for England when Starc removed Jason Roy and Dawid Malan in the first over of the chase to leave them 0-2.

It got worse for the tourists, who chose to rest captain Jos Buttler, when Josh Hazlewood - skippering Australia for the first time with Pat Cummins also rested - bowled Phil Salt.

A 122-run partnership between James Vince and Sam Billings brought England back into contention before four wickets in three overs, including three for just one run, put the home side firmly in control.

Starc ended with figures of 4-47 and Adam Zampa took 4-45 as England were eventually bowled out for 208 in 38.4 overs as Australia take an unassailable 2-0 lead into Tuesday's third and final ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Smith in ominous form with Ashes on the horizon

"Probably the best I've felt in about six years," Smith told reporters after making 80 not out in the first ODI.

"I was just in really nice positions and I felt really good, I honestly haven't felt that way in six years or so."

With the Ashes now just a little over six months away, it feels somewhat inevitable that the former Australia skipper has found form again following - by his own standards - a quiet couple of years.

The slump - merely averaging over 50 in Test and ODI cricket over the last two years - led to Smith making significant changes to his technique that mean he is more side-on at the crease.

After such a fluent knock in Adelaide, it was more of a struggle for 33-year-old on a slow pitch at the SCG but he was still in control for the vast majority of his innings.

Even during the spells when the runs weren't flowing, Smith never looked like getting out.

When he did free his arms, though, the new method seemed to allow him to access the off side more easily without noticeably diminishing his great strength through the leg side.

It was only when he tried to reach his century with a flourish that he came unstuck, but only after putting Australia into a strong position.

How Smith's revised approach translates to red-ball cricket remains to be seen but on the evidence so far, there is every reason for bowlers around the world to start getting a little nervous.

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