In the ongoing Test between England and New Zealand, the Kiwi pacer Trent Boult hilariously copied Steve Smith’s defensive shot. The Aussie batter Steve Smith is known for his unorthodox batting style and has made a name for himself after piling up runs for fun. His exuberant movement in the crease, bizarre methods of leaving the deliveries, and strange defensive techniques always make their way to the headlines.
On Thursday, Trent Boult reminded everyone of the Aussie batter replicating his one-legged opened-up defence during the Lord’s Test. In fact, the pacer held his pose for a while after playing the shot for the cameras and the spectators.
Trent Boult copies Steve Smith’s defensive stroke in the first Test
The left-arm pacer had to come out to bat in the 36th over only after New Zealand collapsed while batting first. During the same over, Matthew Potts delivered a short length delivery on the fourth ball of the over to Trent Boult.
Boult then shuffled outside the off stump and negotiated with the ball with a one-legged opened-up defence similar to Steve Smith. It was a remarkable moment in the game as the Pacer’s technique and posture while playing the shot reminded everyone of the former Australian Test skipper.
Watch the video here:
Tribute to Steve smith on his birthday from Trent Boult 😅 pic.twitter.com/tsXdyewtpj
— Sachin (@Sachin72342594) June 2, 2022
Earlier, New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat first. However, their decision didn’t prove the right one as the returning Jimmy Anderson blew the visitors away and the Kiwis were bundled out for 132/10 in 40 overs. James Anderson and the debutant Matthew Potts returned with four wickets each.
In reply, England made a solid start as they were 92/2 at one stage. However, former skipper Joe Root’s dismissal opened the floodgates for the hosts and they crumbled to 100/7 in no time.
At the end of the day’s play, England finished at 116/7, still trailing by 16 runs.