Sport Comment: Smith was right. Just look at the scoreboard

02:57  07 december  2017
02:57  07 december  2017 Source:   theroar.com.au

Smith entrenches lead atop ICC rankings

  Smith entrenches lead atop ICC rankings Australia skipper Steve Smith, who made 141 in the Ashes opener in Brisbane, remains the top-ranked Test batsman in the world. Steve Smith's status as the best Test batsman in the world won't be called into question soon if the International Cricket Council's rankings are any guide.Smith has entrenched himself atop the ICC's Test batting rankings and former skipper Greg Chappell senses his modern-day successor is still improving.

It was the right decision at the time, and Smith was vindicated by the result. End of story. Reply. What ifs and maybes are just pointless noise… Reply. More Comments ».

Often, it came in the form of John Dowd, Raj's defense attorney. "We started with 37 counts, and we ' re down to 14. So the score is 23-14, and the defense is winning!" (Actually Dowd, the score is 14-0. The jury just convicted Raj on all counts. But moving on!)

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New, 21 comments . Chiefs dot com reporter BJ Kissel tweeted a chart of statistics on Monday that showed just how well Smith has played this season. He’s thrown for 551 yards, including 9.67 yards per attempt with his team losing on the scoreboard .

23 Dec, 2016 @ 10:13pm. Clicking on profiles when looking at Scoreboard . It is called "Enable Mouse Imput for Scoreboard " But when I do I can just move my mouse around the scoreboard , when I try left or right clicking on names it dosen't do anything?

“I was a little bit nervous. On another day I might decide to go another way, but we’ve won the Test match, so it’s irrelevant.”

Take a wild guess at a) who said this and b) what he was referring to.

Oh go on, it’s not that difficult and there aren’t any prizes for coming up with the correct answer.

Yes, you’re spot on, it’s a) Steve Smith and b) the Adelaide non follow-on.

The decision occupied many a journalists’ column and commentator’s thoughts in the immediate aftermath. This only increased in intensity as Joe Root led the England resistance on the fourth evening of the second Test.

It wasn’t surprising as every time a captain chooses this path, and especially in cases where it seems to be particularly clear-cut, he will be doubted by many on the outside and often compared to someone who has committed a heinous crime.

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JR Smith might have just earned himself ample opportunity on a team with extremely high stakes. If I told you that he has never looked at the scoreboard until the fourth quarter of every game he’s ever played in, would you believe me? He believes it will change, and he’s probably right .

The first Illinois Mr. Basketball to commit to the Illini since 2010, fans were hoping to see him come out and light up the scoreboard game in and game out. Through his first five games in Champaign, Smith was averaging just under 14 points in a starting role for the Illini.

Just a pinch of rationality will tell you a lot of this is nonsense, after all, how can you properly judge a decision that manifests itself in the eventual outcome and not what occurs straight away?

Australia's captain Steve Smith acknowledges the applause after Australia defeated England. © WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images Australia's captain Steve Smith acknowledges the applause after Australia defeated England. And this is where the final few words of the aforementioned quote from the Australian captain provide the perfect, and in fact the definitive, riposte to any criticism.

If the hosts had been defeated then Smith would’ve been squarely in the sights as it would’ve been difficult to form an argument which didn’t have Australia batting again as a prime reason for such a result. But the facts state otherwise, they will continue to state otherwise and that is pretty much that.

If winning the game supersedes everything else then there isn’t a case to answer. Yes, there may have been a few twitchy moments as reviews were squandered, chances grassed, and half the target was scratched off but that is cricket and a 120-run victory is, for all the nerves that Smith alluded to, still comprehensive in manner.

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The Chargers have not been able to finish the game successfully to this point, but they have excellent skill-position players who are capable of lighting up the scoreboard . Then, on the very next snap, the Chiefs ran Tyreek Hill in motion from right to left, then back from left to right , Smith calling for the

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What Smith’s way of operating showed was a continuation of a modern trend that has shied away from the default setting of enforcing the follow-on.

Where once it almost went without saying that should the target fail to be reached the openers would be padding up for another go, now the fall of the tenth wicket is generally quickly followed by numbers one and two sprinting off for an extra minute to get their gear on.

A coach I played under when first starting out at Northants was always of the opinion that by batting again you’re handing your opponents an opportunity, however slim, where none should exist.

This could be applied to Adelaide with a reeling England, who must have expected to bat again with the lights coming on, seeing their chances suddenly rise from the dead, yet Smith wouldn’t have seen it that way.

Whereas the format I was playing was generally three-day cricket with the odd four-day contest thrown in, with the time obviously more limited for any potential comeback, there were seven sessions remaining when the England first innings was wrapped up. And that, the reasoning would suggest, is ample time for a strong position to become impregnable.

Add to the melting pot the modern-day theory of not flogging the seam bowlers into the floor – understandable with a five-match series crammed into seven weeks – and it isn’t surprising Root was asked to take his team out to field again.

Such an approach couldn’t care less for the fact Jimmy Anderson was able to bowl himself into form or Chris Woakes could get a few confidence-boosting wickets under his belt, or even that a couple of the batsmen in need of a score were presented with an awkward assignment that need not have existed.

The result is king and the result came down in the favour of Australia so as Smith mentioned, all talk is indeed irrelevant.

Comment: Steve Smith: The man of many centuries .
Steve Smith did not cure cancer or reverse climate change at the WACA Ground on Saturday, but it can only be a matter of time. Steve Smith did not cure cancer or reverse climate change at the WACA Ground on Saturday, but it can only be a matter of time. The Australian captain has become such a weapon that England is thinking of building an intercontinental shield against him.

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