Steve Smith Applauds Scott Boland’s Stump-Hitting Skill

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Australia maintained their dominance in the World Test Championship Final 2023 by dismantling the Indian top order, causing them to struggle at 71/4 in response to Australia’s imposing first innings total of 469. Scott Boland emerged as the most impactful bowler for Australia on Day 2. The right-arm seamer showcased his skills by dismissing the in-form batsman Shubman Gill, who misjudged an incoming delivery that crashed into his stumps. Boland concluded Day 2 as Australia’s standout bowler, claiming 1/29 in 11 overs. Esteemed batsman Steve Smith praised Boland’s unique ability to consistently hit the stumps from shorter lengths.

“I think the angles he provides and his ability to hit the stumps from slightly shorter (length) than some of our other bowlers is a big plus. It’s something that I think (fellow squad member Michael) Neser can do as well. I know from having faced Scotty in the nets recently he’s bowling very nicely,”

Steve Smith said.

“Shorter guys are a bit skiddier. So if there’s any seam movement it gives the ball more of a chance to move and still hit the stumps, if that makes sense. The skills he (Boland) possesses are magnificent. He’s certainly a quality prospect as we’ve seen over the last couple of years now. Every time he’s had his opportunity,”

Smith further added.

Shardul Thakur and Ajinkya Rahane bail India out of trouble on Day 3

Boland’s exceptional performance carried on into Day 3 as he swiftly claimed his team’s sixth wicket. By shattering the stumps of KS Bharat with just the second ball of the day. With figures of 2/59 in 20 overs, Boland played a crucial role as Australia dismissed India for 296 in the first innings. Ajinkya Rahane (89) and Shardul Thakur (51) emerged as the highest run-scorers for India, contributing 109 runs for the seventh wicket. Meanwhile, Australia obtained a substantial lead of 296 runs in their second innings, setting the stage for Day 4.

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