Aston Villa boss Dean Smith denies tunnel row with John Terry as & # 39; bulls *** & # 39; in the aftermath of the defeat in Southampton, leaving them only one point above the Premier League relegation zone
Steve Smith wins top position in official test battle ranking before returning Old Trafford Ashes
- Steve Smith from Australia has returned to the top of the world batting ranking
- The 30-year-old has replaced Indian Virat Kohli at the top of the list
- Smith has re-entered Australia & # 39; s team to play England in the fourth Ashes test
- The former captain made 378 runs in the first two tests of the series
Steve Smith has regained the world's top position batting ranking after his performances in the current Ashes series.
Former Australian Captain Smith, 30, has replaced India & # 39; s Virat Kohli as number one in the International Cricket Council batting list announced Tuesday.
Smith has a chance to strengthen his place at the top in the fourth Ashes Test, which starts in Old Trafford on Wednesday.
First test at Edgbaston: 144 & 142
Second test at Lord: 92 & retired
Third test in Headingley: Wounded
India-skipper Kohli dropped to number two in the rankings after his first-ball duck during his 257 run victory on his part against the West Indies in the second test in Jamaica.
Smith, who returns to Australia's spearhead in Old Trafford after missing the third test in Headingley because of the consequences of a concussion, made for centuries in the first test and 92 in the second.
He had completed the third defeat of the Ashes Test at Headingley after suffering a concussion when he was struck by a vicious bouncer from Jofra Archer at Lord & # 39; s.
Smith first climbed the top of the ICC batting rankings in December 2015 and stayed there until August 2018 when he was passed by Kohli during his 12-month cricket ban for his role in the Newlands ball-tampering scandal.
On his return to Test cricket last month, the righthander made 144 in his first innings against England in the first Test in Edgbaston and 142 in his second.
An upcoming documentary about the Australian cricket team has captured the moment when the worst was feared for Steve Smith after being hit by a Jofra Archer bouncer in last year's Ashes series.
A new trailer for Amazon Prime Video & # 39; s & # 39; The Test: A New Era for Australia & # 39; s Team & # 39 ;, released on March 12, provides insight into how the Aussies continue went after the mess with the ball scandal in South Africa two years ago.
With behind-the-scenes access to the team, it records how they regrouped in the next 18 months on their way to retaining the Ashes urn with a 2-2 draw in England last summer.
A sneak peek video, released last month, shows the anxious mood in the visiting dressing room at Lord & # 39; s as star man Smith was hit on the field.
During a hostile period of fast bowler from England debutant Archer on the afternoon of the fourth day of the second test, the former captain was beaten in the neck as he tried to get a 91.3 mph short delivery out of the way clear up.
Smith was immediately struck by the ball, and remained lying about growing opponents on the field, and that was reflected in the Aussie dressing room.
While Jos Buttler rushes to check Smith's well-being, the camera turns back to the Australians watching from the Lord & # 39; s pavilion.
Former captain Steve Waugh, who worked with the team on an advisory basis last summer, mumbles & # 39; Let someone grow up & # 39; before turning around to watch the incident behind him on the TV screen see.
There are audible bites when they see the repetition, which shows that Smith is hit in the neck. One player hears & # 39; nasty & # 39; say.
Peter Siddle admits: Peter Siddle: & # 39; We were all in shock. The worst thing is that he was lying there, that was probably the scariest moment for all of us. & # 39;
Coach Justin Langer enters the dressing room, with Captain Tim Paine not far behind him, and concern is etched on his face as he says: & # 39; Still down & # 39; , while he extends his neck to get a picture of the action in the middle.
Nathan Lyon also looks worried, while batsman Travis Head states: & # 39; His neck is really red. Red there. Under the ear & # 39 ;, as he clings to a cricket ball in the area where Smith was hit.
Smith admits he wanted to continue, but there was no chance, according to the team doctor.
He said: & # 39; The doctor was there and asked me questions, and he said, "You're going to be taken off" and I said, "I want to continue, I feel okay" .
As he is escorted back to the dressing room, Paine urges his teammates to give him some space & # 39; and he enters a quiet room.
] Langer, who puts his arm around Smith while sharing a joke, admits that they were faced with a difficult decision and were not sure whether they sent their starbat man back, even though he passed the concussion protocols that had been introduced.
He said: & There is much discussion after being hit. The concussion protocols are now so strict, but he was adamant that he was ready.
& # 39; All protocols were met. But it's a good line, you want to win the test competition, but you also have to take care of your boys. & # 39;
Siddle followed nine and Smith returned. The anger of the crowd, who would follow him all summer for his role in the ball mess in Cape Town the year before, returned. Matthew Wade shakes his head on the balcony.
Smith's innings became furious when he returned to the fold, and he admits: I came out and hit my first ball over midwicket. Defending was just the hardest thing to do.
& # 39; My mind says to work hard and defend, but I couldn't. & # 39;
He eventually fell eight short for a third consecutive Ashes-ton, when he was stuck for 92 years for wicket by Chris Woakes.
The cameras capture his frustration, as if he were beaten by his teammates, he angrily threw his bat in his pocket and sank down, depressed, in his chair.
He took off his helmet and headband and lowered his pocket head into his hands.
Smith admitted last summer that the incident immediately brought back terrible memories of former teammate Phillip Hughes
Hughes received a bouncer in the same part of the neck in 2014, but was tragically killed as a result of a cracked artery that caused bleeding.
& # 39; I had a few things running through my mind, especially where I was hit, a bit of the past – if you know what I mean – from a few years ago, & # 39; said Smith referring to the day that Hughes was hit and died in a Sheffield Shield game between New South Wales and South Australia.
& # 39; That was probably the first thing I thought about, then I thought, "It goes well here" and it went well. & # 39;
& # 39; He sat behind me and gave me bits of information & # 39 ;: Aston Villa boss Dean Smith about how assistant John Terry will help defeat the old brain Jose Mourinho against Tottenham
- ] John Terry played for six years under manager Jose Mourinho in Chelsea
- Now the former defender works with Dean Smith in the Aston Villa dugout
- Terry and Mourinho will face dugouts for the first time on Sunday
During his 19-year career with the Blues, Terry worked for nearly six of them, winning three Premier League titles, the FA Cup and three League Cups.
Now working as one of Smith's assistants, alongside Richard O & # 39; Kelly, Terry and Mourinho will cross swords for the first time in opposition to dugouts when Spurs goes to Villa Park on Sunday.
& # 39; Hopefully the combined brains of myself, JT and Richard can overcome Jose.
& # 39; JT has been his captain at Chelsea twice and they have won many trophies together. They have a deep respect for each other.
& # 39; JT speaks openly about the admiration he has for Jose as a coach and person when they were in Chelsea.
& # 39; But the dynamics are different now. He sits on my couch and he sits behind me and gives me pieces of information that I need.
"We will try to plot the demise of one of his former coaches."
Smith offered an insight into Terry's role during competitions and added: "He is connected to the analysts above. We have a bird's eye view, as well as his own eyes.
& # 39 I always say that you get a feeling in the game and my feeling can sometimes be different from that of Richard or JT. I want to know what they think.
& # 39; It gives me the opportunity to taking things through my mind and processing the information before we make decisions. & # 39;
During his nearly five-year stint in his first leadership position at Walsall, Smith was lovingly known as & # 39; ginger Mourinho due to his tactical insight, planning and being able to get the best out of players.
While jokingly admitting that he & # 39; is not so ginger & # 39; now, Smith is proud of the name and legacy he feels he has left at the clubs he is involved with
& # 39; Every club I've been to, Leyton Orient, Walsall, Brentford, who were part of my travel and coaching experience, I learned a lot from them, "said Smith.
"My job is to leave a club in a better place. I feel that I have done that for every job I have been to. I have left it in a better place. Certainly at Walsall we built them up, and at Brentford.
& # 39; It's not just tactical, there are a lot of man management skills because every player is different, they all sometimes need a different message to make it to get the best out of them.
& # 39; For me it's about getting to know them, getting to know me, having a lot of respect for each other and knowing which buttons to press. & # 39;
calls for England's football legend Jimmy Greaves to be stepped up on Tuesday evening as prominent politicians closed to the sports stars support Sportsmail & # 39; s campaign .
Former conservative party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has written to the cabinet that Greavsie is recognized for all his achievements in a remarkable career.
MP Sir Iain, a Spurs fan, said it was wrong that Greaves, who turns 80 next week, did not receive as much as an MBE despite scoring more goals in the top flight than any other English soccer player.
Politicians and sports stars come together to honor Jimmy Greaves
Former Conservative MP Sir Iain Duncan Smith wrote to the cabinet to help the campaign
Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson (left) and Lord Sugar (right) say Greaves needs recognition
While hundreds of readers contacted the Daily Mail to give their support, other major hitters supporting Sportsma il & # 39; s & # 39; Give Greavsie a Gong & # 39; campaign were former England manager Roy Hodgson and Alan Shearer, all-time top scorer in the Premier League.
L ord Sugar, the former Tottenham president, also said that Greaves deserved an honor for his skills as a footballer and for his work in recovering alcoholics.
On Tuesday evening, Sir Iain wrote to the Cabinet – which can pass nominations for honors to the relevant committees – paying attention to the goal record of Greaves, his charity work and his work in entertainment.
He said: “It has been a long time since Jimmy Greaves had to be recognized for the role in which he played the development of football in this country.
Greaves (left) remains one of the best attackers to England ever managed to produce
The former Tottenham star (right) became a popular TV personality after his retirement
WHO SHOULD ACCEPT THE HONOR FOR JIMMY?
Nominations that pass through the cabinet are then discussed by an independent honors committee.
Greaves' nomination would go to the sports committee, chaired by Sir Hugh Robertson, president of the British Olympic Association.
If approved, it would be discussed by the main honors committee, chaired by Sir Jonathan Stephens, Northern Ireland Permanent Secretary Office /
& # 39; someone who has fought against his own demons and has given his community back enormously. Jimmy Greaves is one of the reasons why people like me felt so attracted to football. He broke a new path in the style of playing English.
& # 39; He was the first true English footballer to become an international icon and to lead the way for English players who have now started playing for foreign teams. It is time for him to get recognition. & # 39;
Like Sportsmail launches a petition to be presented to the government, Lord Sugar, star of BBC show The Apprentice, added his support and said: & # 39 ; Jimmy was one of the biggest goal scorers ever. One of the best at Spurs. He was a natural.
& # 39; Loved by managers, players, and fans, and to this day a great ambassador for the club. He deserves a gong for services to football.
& # 39; For that he must be recognized, as well as all the great work he has done in recovering alcoholics. & # 39;
Hodgson was also pleased to be back our campaign. He said: & # 39; I am more than happy to give my vote to a campaign to get Jimmy and his achievements recognized. If he had not been injured, there was no doubt that he would have been a World Cup winner and his status was already assured.
As part of the Sportsmail campaign, former teammates had their time with Greaves narrated
& # 39; He was hugely important to those large Spurs side of the sixties and sixties and its achievements must be celebrated. If this campaign succeeds, you earn yourself. & # 39;
All-time Premier League scorer, Alan Shearer, said: & # 39; His record is amazing and everyone will tell you how phenomenal he was. & # 39;
Former Tottenham Star and Wales Manager Mike England: & # 39; It's great to see what the Daily Mail is trying to do for Jimmy because of the love and affection that this remarkable football player has in held by his teammates, both as a man and as a player.
& # 39; He is a nice guy and has a great sense of humor. He was already on the team as the best scorer of his time when I arrived at Spurs in 1966 to play with him for five seasons. He was the Messi of his day. The reports show how productive he was. His gifts as a scorer were instinctive. You can't learn what he had.
& # 39; My favorite photo from my football career was the two of us in 1967 after winning the FA Cup, which at that time had a sponsorship with the Milk Marketing Board. I saw the photo and said, "Jimmy, we just won the FA Cup and you don't even smile!"
& # 39; He said: & # 39; I know, they just let me drink milk! "Of course at that time he preferred something stronger!
& # 39; Some of us loved the fitness of training. We enjoyed running. I was one. Jimmy wasn't like that. He would shout at us to delay our laps.
& # 39; I remember manager Bill Nicholson telling him to track more. Jimmy said, "But who scores the goals? I wouldn't have the energy to do that if I chased lost balls." Because it was Jimmy, Bill Nick admitted that it was a reasonable point. & # 39;
Julian Knight, the conservative MP for Solihull and newly elected chairman of the digital, culture, media and sports committee, said: & # 39; Jimmy is a legend on and next to the field. He fought against both demons and defenders. At a time when we seem to have a multitude of sporty ladies and knights, it seems like a huge overview that Jimmy has no lord to his name. & # 39;
Clive Betts, president of the all-party group on football, also demanded that Greaves receive a prize. The MP said, "Jimmy brought a special kind of excitement to football."
Greaves is England's biggest scorer in the top flight and scored 357 times. He is the largest goal scorer of Tottenham (266) and the fourth highest scorer of England of all time (44).
Greaves is England's biggest scorer in the top flight who scored 357 times in his career
This includes a record of six hat tricks in England in an incredible 34 hat tricks in the career. His average of 0.69 goals per game is the best since the Second World War.
He also made a groundbreaking transfer to AC Milan in 1961 – which allowed English football players to pave the way in foreign teams.
Greaves has also been praised for his charity work, much aware of it through his own battles with alcohol.
He has rebuilt his life and has not touched a drop since 1978. Over the past four decades, he has helped addicts, mainly alcoholics, and has given away most of his English caps to charities to raise money.
After retiring from football, he became a TV personality and took part in popular one-man theater shows that were still sold out when he was hit by a stroke in 2015.
THE HUNDREDS OF FOOTBALL PEOPLE HONORED IN THE YEARS
FA President 1890-37, President 1923-37
Stanley Rous (1949)
FIFA President 1961-74
Stanley Matthews (1965 )
Alf Ramsey (1967)
Matt Busby (1968)
Walter Winterbottom (1978)
First English manager
Bert Millichip (1991 )
FA Chair 1981-96
Bobby Charlton (1994)
Tom Finney (1998)
Geoff Hurst (1998)
Alex Ferguson (1999)
Bobby Robson (2002)
Trevor Brooking (2004)
Dave Richards (2006)
Premier League presides in 1999-present
Kenny Dalglis h (2018)
Heather Rabbatts (2016)
FA Director 2011 -17
Sue Campbell (2020)
Women's Football Head FA, 2016-18, Women's Football Director 2018-present
Billy Wright (1959)
Jock Stein (1970)
Ron Greenwood (1981)
Craig Brown (1999)
Jimmy Armfield (2010)
Hope Powell (Hope) 2010)
Paul Elliott (2010)
Services for equality and diversity in football.
Denis Law (2016)
Francis Lee (2016) [FrancisLee(2016)
Alan Shearer (2016)
David Gill (2019)
Richard Scudamore (2019)
] Tommy Walker (1960)
Hearts legend, first player to score a goal on live tv
Bobby Moore (1967)
Gordon Banks (1970)
Don Revie (1970)
George Eastham (1973)
Jack Charlton (1974)
Bill Shankly (1974)
Bill Nicholson (1975)
Cliff Lloyd (1975)
PFA chief executive 1953 – 81
Jack Taylor (1975)
1974 World Cup Final Referee
Joe Mercer (1976)
Bob Paisley (1977)
Emlyn Hughe s (1980)
Kevin Keegan (1982)
Bryan Robson (1990)
Brian Clough (1991)
Peter Shilton (1991)
Gary Lineker (1992)
Gordon Strachan (1993)
Nat Lofthouse (1994)
Jimmy Hill (1995)
] Walter Smith (1997)
Garth Crooks (1999)
John Motson (2001)
Graham Taylor (2002)
David Beckham (2003)
Mark Hughes (2004)
Martin O & # 39; Neill (2004)
] Geoff Thompson (2007)
FA Chairman 1999-08, FIFA vice-president 2007-11
Ryan Giggs (2007)
Bob Wilson (2008)
Des Lynam (2008 )
Gordon Taylor (2008)
Ra chel Yankey (2014)
Brendon Batson (2015)
Huw Jenkins (2015)
Swansea Chairman 2002-19
Frank Lampard (2015)
Steve Gibson (2016)
Middlesbrough owner 1994-present
Chris Coleman (2017)
Jermain Defoe (2018)
Harry Gregg (2019)
Gareth Southgate (2019)
Norman Creek (1943)
Jimmy Dickinson (1964 )
764 Portsmouth performances
Billy McNeill (1974)
Celtic & # 39; s Lisbon Lions captain
Alan Mullery (1975)
Pat Jennings (1976)
John Greig (1977)
The & # 39; Greatest Ever Ranger & # 39;
Terry Paine (1977)
Tommy Smith (1977)
Martin Peters (1978)
Billy Bingham (1981)
John Toshack (1982)
Mick Mills (1984)
Steve Perryman (1984)
Ray Clemence (1987)
Billy Bonds (1988)
Willie Miller (1991)
David Narey (1992)
Ray Wilkins (1993)
Gary Mabbutt (1994)
Ally McCoist (1994)
Peter Beardsley (1995)
Neville Southal l (1996)
Debbie Bampton (1998)
John Barnes (1998)
Dario Gradi (1998)
Jim Leighton (1998)
Tony Adams (1999)
Robbie Earle (1999)
Stuart Pearce (1999)
Vi v Anderson (2000)
Alan Ball (2000)
Steve Bull (2000)
George Cohen (2000)
Roger Hunt (2000)
Nobby Stiles (2000)
Ray Wilson (2000)
Ian Wright (2000)
Tony Ford (2000)
931 competition matches.
Ted Bates (2001)
& Southampton & # 39; – player, manager, director, president
Alan Knight (2001)
Most games for a club by a goalkeeper (801, Portsmouth)
Gary McAllister (2002)
Tom Boyd (2002)
Shaun Goater (20 03)
Barry Davies (2005)
Colin Bell (2005)
Clyde Best (2006)
Les Ferdinand (2006)
Barry Ferguson (2006)
Lawrie McMenemy (2006)
Steven Gerrard (2007)
Teddy Sheringham (2007)
Cyrille Regis (2008)
David Healy (2008)
Ivor Powell (2008)
Kelly Smith (2008)
Jason Roberts (2010)
Tony Carr (2010)
West Ham academy director 1973-2014
Gary Speed (2010)
Bert Williams (2010)
Howard Webb (2011)
David James (2012)
Noel Bailie (2013).
1,013 Linfield Gigs
Pat Rice (2013)
James Chalmers (2015).
President of the Football Safety Officers & # 39;
Casey Stoney (2015)
Rachel Anderson (2016)
UK & # 39; s First female FIFA license agent
Emma Hayes (2016)
Steph Houghton (2016)
Brian Lee (2016)
National League President 2007-15
Jacqui Oatley (2016)
Marieanne Spacey (2016)
91 England caps
Fara Williams (2016)
Michele Adams (2017) [Mich45 Adams]
Karen Carney (2017)
Steven Davis (2017)
Marina Dolman (2017)
Bristol City President 1977- present
Sian Massey-Ellis (2017)
Michael O & # 39; Neill (2017)
Alex Scott (2017)
Sara Booth (2018 )
Former Northern Irish Captain
Jess Fishlock (2018)
First player to win 100 Wales caps (male or female)
Eric Harrison (2018)
Class of 92 & # 39; s academy coach
Roisin Wood (2018)
Kick It Out CEO 2011-present
David Dein (2019)
Arsenal Vice-President 1983-07, FA Vice-President 2000-04
Harry Kane (2019)
Shelley Kerr (2019)
Jayne Ludlow ( 2019)
Arsenal Women record goal scorer
Gareth McAuley (2019) [GarethMcAuley(2019)[GarethMcAuley(2019)[GarethMcAuley(2019)[GarethMcAuley(2019)]
Francis Benali (2020)
Services for cancer patients
Loren Dykes (2020)
105 Wales caps
Aaron Hughes (2020)
Rose Reilly (2020)
10 Scotland caps and then unofficially won the Women's World Championship 1985 for Italy
Jill Scott ( 2020)
Craig Tho mson (2020)
Gerard Houllier (2003)
Arsene Wenger (2003)
Gianfranco Zola (2004)
Peter Schmeichel (2001)
Niall Quinn (2003)
Henrik Larsson (2006)
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Australia's second wicket fell at 2.20 pm on Thursday. Usually this would be a source of fear for the English, perhaps even a moment of regret.
That's the problem with Ashes cricket this summer. You cannot play the Australian team without taking that second wicket. And you can't take that second wicket without bringing Steve Smith to the fold.
His style frustrates and rages, his steady accumulation ruins the rhythm of even the most cocksure bowler. And with Lord, just when you think you got rid of him, he comes back. But not on Thursdays. Not this time.
Smith is still recovering from a concussion by Jofra Archer and in his absence Australia is being robbed. As Usman drew Khawaja back to the pavilion, there was no Smith to cheerfully rescue Australia, step across the outfield, and make his way to the latest mighty accumulation.
Neither Smith to dig through a collapse, nor Smith with his exaggerated leaves and funky inexplicable movement that defies any coach manual, yet brings an unbalanced calm to the center of the pressure cooker. Marnus Labuschagne was his replacement and he did very well. But he is not Smith. Australia knew that and didn't like it.
Joe Root, the captain of England, knew it too, so he did not act politely as if this were an old player and not an old space on the team magazine. . He did not offer the commonplace that Australia would be the same regardless of who was there, because it is clearly untrue.
& # 39; It will be huge shoes to fill, & # 39; he said. "You get these swings every now and then in a big series, and if you get the chance you have to jump on them."
And for this purpose he was as good as his word. Root won the pitch and put Australia in it. Would he have been as brave as Smith could march in and take the day away from England? Unlikely.
When Australia brought England into the Lord, it was an indictment of their actions in Edgbaston. Thursday's decision was a combination of bad weather and a missing Talisman batsman. Root had seen weakness on day five with Lord. Now, if this Ashes series turns to Headingley, it will not only be about what England has won in the Archer pace bowling – who took a beautiful six for 45, confirmed his status as the superstar of the sporting summer – but what Australia have also lost.
Smith returns for the fourth test in Old Trafford – but in this short period of respite England made hay. Confident enough to put Australia in – a plan that seemed to have failed before the wickets tumult late in the day revealed that the decision was right.
Australia is strongly tactically, technically but especially mentally diminished by the withdrawal of Smith. It is not only the weight of the runs he delivers – although that is of course important – but the swagger that his presence entails. Australia has an undeserved, undeserved insurance policy if it is in the area. It's like having the biggest boy in the playground as your best friend, or as a pipsqueak member of the most difficult gang.
Australia's top order peers behind Smith's mighty shoulders, grinning and growling.
Australia was 25 for two, later lost three wickets for three runs and ended the day 179 completely. Archer was wonderful. Yet we will never know what difference Smith would have made under similar circumstances, as he changed 122 for eight to 284 at Edgbaston. England didn't have Archer in that test, of course.
He only needs a companion to the fold to do his damage. In the first innings of the first test in Edgbaston, he more than doubled the total of Australia in the company of the lowest order batsmen, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon.
And while Labuschagne fought battle to play Smith & # 39; s role, it did not bear the same threat. England knew they were being confronted with Smith Lite, and when Labuschagne was rejected by a straight, high full pitch that he completely missed, this only confirmed.
Bowling Bowling affects the mood in the crowd, and has certainly had a major impact on this game, but it is Smith & # 39; s calculation that has tampered with ghosts in the visitors' team room. Labuschagne was also excellent in Lord & # 39; s, and brave, given the battle he got from Archer. Yet he is not the same.
He digs in like Smith but does not score like him. While toiling playfully and impressively, Australia remained vulnerable. Lionel Messi could not prevent Barcelona from losing to Liverpool; Cristiano Ronaldo could not find the way for Juventus against Ajax.
Only having Smith on the team does not mean that Australia will always win; no more than finding Archer guarantees 20 wickets for England.
But it helps. Just as throwing the ball at Archer has quickly become Root's standard tactic when the attack begins to stagnate, Smith & # 39; s presence covers countless shortcomings in Australia's top order.
It is hard to remember when Warner last looked like out or out at the fold as he has on this tour, and it is to his great credit that he scraped himself to get 61 when he was 61 he could hardly put a bat on the ball in the early overs.
Perhaps with Smith at the fold the pair could have amassed a match-changing total.
Instead, given Australia a very meritorious 136 for two, Warner looked in fear while his hard work was being undermined.
Australia could not last without their big bully. England must make the most of this opportunity. It probably won't come back. Not this summer.
As if he was aware that rain after lunch would occur on the third day of this second test, Steve Smith seemed determined to cram as much entertainment as possible in the morning.
It was not a matter of the balls he scored: he was unbeaten at 13 out of 40 when the referees stopped shortly before the scheduled interval at 1 p.m. No, it was about the balls that he left alone, mainly with the kind of bloom that was last seen in a test match when the arch-queen of West Indies Courtney Walsh would carry the arms through the hokey-cokey and then the bowler with a disturbed look
Walsh, however, compiler of a test record of 43 ducks, had to squeeze in his pleasure while it lasted. Smith on the other hand becomes the best since Don Bradman. If there is a sense of impending doom, this is usually from the bowler.
But even while he scored 144 and 142 to bend the first test in Edgbaston to his wayward will, there were critics – especially English, must be said – who complained that he was easier to admire than to look.
The fidgets and the violets, the jerk on a loose part of his kit, the impatient gestures after a rare copy of picking a fielder – it all made sense, his opponents said, to a deeply uncomfortable experience, such as observing the inner workings of an overactive mind.
At Lord & # 39; s on the third morning, Smith took the oddities to a new level when England tried to bore him with an exaggerated fifth stub line. He flipped his bat upside down with a staccato hand or kicked his back foot like a flapper girl from the 1920s. At one point he pirated almost a full circle.
Who knew that a game of cat and mouse on or around the stump could easily become an episode of Strictly Come Dancing?
What exactly did Smith play on? One theory suspected that he was trying to get under the skin of the bowlers, just as the English wicket keeper Jack Russell did when he performed comedy leave alones while wearing a few shades so that his opponents could not look into his soul.
But that didn't really pile up. Smith has scored many points against England in recent years without behaving like a hyperactive mime player. And the only time the field players even pointed to irritation was when Stuart Broad hurled back halfway the ball to Jonny Bairstow in Smith's general environment.
More convincing was the suggestion that he was looking for an outlet for nervous energy, not least because he has only been playing his second test in almost a year and a half since the sandpaper fiasco in Cape Town. That is a lot of pent-up activity to release, many strokes have not been played, begging away.
If the world's best batsman wants to perform the do-si-do after he has the opportunity to trench a broad past past, who else are we to say?
One or two muttered darkly about obsession and coercion, as if Smith was simply performing the post-delivery equivalent of worries, as he does, that he cannot see his shoelaces while he is near the fold. After all, he himself once admitted: & # 39; I'm kind of a headcase when it comes to everything with my batting. & # 39;
Displayed by someone else, the extravagances would have felt. Smith somehow takes them in as if they were a natural part of his batting persona.
& # 39; He's pretty restless, & # 39; said Stuart Broad, who opted for understatement before he even attributed one of the arbitrary decisions – his own rejected leg – for scream at Travis Head, overturned by revision – to Smith's nervousness.
& # 39; I think he may have put Aleem Dar on Heads Head because he threw his arm out of the water as if he wanted to say he was going down the legside, & Broad said. "I think Aleem would give it and then saw Smith's arm go.
& # 39; He explains every piece of cricket on the field with his movements after it happened It is the way he stays in his bubble and he does very well. & # 39;
From Steve Waugh, the mentor of Australia and a former anguish of English bowling in his heyday, there was a sour smile when he assessed Smith's unique qualities
& # 39; He prepares for everything, & # 39; Waugh said. & # 39; He would have thought of every scenario. That's just how he is. I have never played or seen with anyone like him. & # 39;
That was certainly a way to state it. However, both parties can agree on one thing: on Saturday, and no doubt for the rest of the series, Smith's wicket will hold the key, and it doesn't matter what he looks like.
Mike Keegan & # 39; s Super Bowl Journal: Kansas City fans take over while their heroes dance on Will Smith, plus nude meat, spirits and a man offering gamblers a test to find out if they are on their way are to heaven or hell
- Kansas and San Francisco fans stand by their side in the Super Bowl
- The past day there has been an incredible influx of Chiefs supporters
- Portly middle-aged men sport Patrick Mahomes wigs while alcohol is now flowing
- competition marks the first appearance of a female coach, Katie Sowers
There is something about the Super Bowl that some, let's say, brings quirky characters.
Dozens of determined individuals have stationed themselves on South Beach and – armed with megaphones and speakers – roar religious messages.
] In the center of the party, with drinks and bare flesh everywhere, the air is filled with cries from & # 39; The Lord will be your judge & # 39; and & # 39; Repent or go to hell & # 39 ;.
Chiefs Cheerleaders from Kansas City performed and raised the atmosphere
One guy even offers a free test to show revelers if they do will go to heaven or not while meters away a man is dressed in arm y fatigue and the holding of a giant National Rifle Association flag yells at passers-by: & Are you a patriot? & # 39;
Earlier this week, Super Bowl Diary said that Miami was around a 50/50 split of 49ers and Chiefs fans. You can now forget that. The last day there has been an incredible influx of Chiefs supporters.
A walk on South Beach would suggest that the men from Missouri will have overwhelming support in the Sunday game. There are middle-aged men everywhere with Patrick Mahomes wigs
Do you think the Premier League players will be pampered? You haven't seen anything. Earlier this week, traffic was stopped outside the 49ers hotel in downtown Miami.
During a major security operation, about 50 police officers with blue shirts on bicycles placed themselves in two straight lines in the middle of the busy road with an opening between them. It is safe to say that the locals were not impressed and their horns roared when long traffic jams soon formed.
The reason for the abandonment? Because the 49ers team crossed the road. Serious. "Is that the Los Angeles team?" Someone asked stopped pedestrians. Not everyone is gripped by Super Bowl fever.
Part of the comprehensive and complex security program revolves around human trafficking. This year, officials have been in contact with a wide range of service providers – including Uber drivers – to ask them to keep their eyes open for signs of misconduct.
Officials say they have talked with drivers and told them to look for suggestions that their passengers might have in Miami against their will. Hotel owners have also been asked to be alert.
Sunday's game is the first performance of a female coach. Katie Sowers, 33, is an offensive assistant to the 49ers and will also appear in a half-time advertisement. She takes it in her stride. "I am not here just to be the symbolic woman," she says in the advertisement. "I'm here to help us win."
Nocturnal thunderstorms forced the Chiefs to move their final day for Super Bowl LIV preparation from Hard Rock Stadium back to the Baptist Health Training Facility at Nova Southeastern University, where the team practiced all week.
Players wore their game uniforms – red pullovers, decorated with official Super Bowl LIV logos & white pants – for a 27-minute rehearsal.
Witnesses said Will Smith's song "Welcome to Miami" started playing when quarterback Patrick Mahomes made the first snap and players danced almost the entire session. They seem to be relaxed. Whether that will be replicated tonight remains to be seen.
& # 39; We were very aggressive and it gives everyone faith in what we do & # 39 ;: Aston Villa manager Dean Smith thinks their semi-final victory in the Carabao Cup can boost the Premier League survival heap
Villa has taken a place in their ninth League Cup final – and only since 2010 – via Trezeguet & # 39; s downtime left-footed volley for a 2-1 win in the second leg of their semi-final in Villa Park and a total of 3-2.
Prior to the Wembley confrontation with either Manchester City or Manchester United on March 1, Smith must now focus his players' attention on their league campaign – starting with Saturday's relegation clash on Bournemouth .
Asked if the victory over the Foxes could inspire his side, Smith replied: & # 39; Yes! We had a brilliant January, apart from the Manchester City game (a home game with 6-1). The results and performance since then have been very good.
& # 39; I said last week that the last-minute goal against Watford (in a 2-1 win) would give everyone a jump in the pass. We were very aggressive towards Leicester and it gives everyone faith in what we do.
& # 39; The boys can learn a lot by playing 180 minutes against the third best team in the competition this season. to beat them and go to Wembley. It shows that there is a lot of character and quality in the team. & # 39;
Should Villa be confronted with City, Smith hopes that the embarrassing loss for Pep Guardiola & # 39; s side will provide additional motivation.
& # 39; We helped them get a 6-1 win, "said Smith, who will be the first Englishman since Harry Redknapp with Spurs in 2009 to lead a team in the League Cup final.
& # 39 My players know that, but since then I have had a very good response from my players who went to Brighton to get a draw, beat Watford and now beat Leicester. & # 39;
Smith was also pleased with the debut of the new striker Mbwana Samatta, despite the fact that the Tanzanian international missed a gold-plated opportunity just before he was immersed after 67 minutes, giving Villa a 2-0 lead.
After having played four games played without a recognized attacker, Smith has again options as Keinan Davis replaced Genk's £ 8.5 million signing after three months with a hamstring injury, and the 21-year-old looked sharp.
& # 39 "I thought he did well," said Smith on Sama tta. & # 39; I knew he would get tired after 60 to 65 minutes.
& # 39; He stretched out his defenders and gave (Caglar) Soyuncu and (Jonny) Evans a tough time. He sometimes paired it very well, but he will get better.
& # 39; He probably had to pick his feet in the second half for the chance that Jack Grealish gave him, but he showed us the potential and Keinan Davis came back 25 minutes great. & # 39;
& # 39; I will be a proud man leading them to Wembley & # 39 ;: Aston Villa manager – and lifelong fan – Dean Smith delights after his side past Leicester and to the Carabao Cup final
Aston Villa manager Dean Smith has unveiled his pride in leading his boys' club to Wembley for a second season in a row.
I let myself go with the goal, there was a little bit of emotion from everyone when that goal went and the place burst out, & Smith told Sky Sports.
I will l be a very proud man who takes them to Wembley. & # 39;
Smith was full of praise especially for goalkeeper Orjan Nyland, who played instead of Pepe Reina, who missed with a tight calf.
He added: & # 39; Our goalkeeper made three great saves early on, but I thought we were aggressive too. & # 39;
Asked if Nyland would have played if Reina was fit, Smith added: & # 39; He wasn't fit so I did not have to make that decision. & # 39;
The opponents of Villa in the final look are probably Manchester City after their first stage 3- 1 win over Manchester United. City hosts United in the second stage on Wednesday evening.
Smith played a straight bat when asked about potential opponents in the final.
He said: & We have to go to Wembley now, it is tough whoever you play, but the boys will certainly buzz and we look forward to it. & # 39;