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Tendulkar decodes Smith's Ashes success
Ashes 2019

Tendulkar decodes Smith's Ashes success

Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar recently offered insight into the reasons why Australia’s Steve Smith managed staggering success in the Ashes series in England. Smith racked up a record sum of 774 runs in the series across 7 innings, as his stunning run-spree allowed Australia to retain the Ashes.

Talking about the adjustments Smith made in his technique throughout the five-match battle, Tendulkar pointed out how he was earlier uncomfortable against Jofra Archer’s express pace but later left the ball more patiently.

“At Lord’s, especially against Jofra Archer, there were a few short-pitched deliveries that got him in trouble because he was actually getting in line (with the short ball) a little bit on the back foot. The most important thing for any batter is to keep your head position forward … or at least in line (with your feet),” Tendulkar said.

“I’m sure he’s gone back and worked on his technique and his set-up … In the fourth and fifth Tests, against short-pitched bowling, he was leaving the ball (by ducking forwards) rather than (leaning backwards). So, his head was going forward,” he further elaborated.