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If Steve Smith was Indian, his technique would be accepted: Coach Woodhill

first_img Next If Steve Smith was Indian, his technique would be accepted: Coach WoodhillSteve Smith dominated Ashes 2019 as he accumulated 774 runs at an average of more than 110. However, his unique approach to batting has become a raging issue.advertisement Press Trust of India MelbourneSeptember 18, 2019UPDATED: September 19, 2019 07:59 IST Steve Smith dominated Ashes series by accumulating 774 runs in 7 innings. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSTrent Woodhill said Steve Smith’s uniqueness and unorthodox styles should be celebratedSmith dominated Ashes series by accumulating 774 runs at an average of more than 110 Woodhill isn’t too happy with those who are struggling to accept Steve Smith’s uniquenessLamenting Australian cricket’s “aversion” to embrace unconventional styles, Steve Smith’s formative coach Trent Woodhill observed that his famous ward’s uniqueness would be accepted in the Indian system, where it is “all about the output”.Days after Smith redefined the art of run-scoring in an Ashes series that belonged to him, Woodhill said uniqueness and unorthodox styles should be celebrated.”If Steven was Indian, his technique and mechanics and the strategy around his batting would just be accepted,” Woodhill was quoted as saying in ESPNcricinfo.”We see Kohli, Gavaskar, (Rohit) Sharma, Ganguly, Sehwag – all these players have unique techniques. The Indian system is all about output, about scoring runs, ‘We don’t care how you do it as long as you do it’, whereas in Australia we wanted you to score well and we wanted you to look good.”Smith dominated the series by accumulating 774 runs at an average of more than 110 that included three centuries and as many fifties.However, his unique approach to batting, especially while leaving deliveries, was discussed by those who view his technique through the classical lens.Woodhill isn’t too happy with those struggling to accept uniqueness, saying this attitude can have a negative impact on a young player’s career.”Young players need protection from both themselves and others who don’t like the difference. A cricket dressing room can be a brutal place for a young player, who might be forced to conform – more so in Australia than any other country I’ve been in.”In Australia, we struggle with things that are different. We like a sexy Shaun Marsh thirty, made with a conventional, attractive technique, rather than an unconventional Steven Smith hundred.”advertisementWhile talking about unconventional approach, he also cited Indian spin legend Anil Kumble and Afghanistan’s star wrist spinner Rashid Khan.”Other nations just find a way to accommodate such players. Like a Rashid Khan, who holds the ball like an offspinner but bowls leg-spin, an Anil Kumble – seam-up, wrist-spin, predominantly wrong’un.”Australian cricket likes to pass the baton on: this is how you do it, this is how it’s always been done. Steven’s come along, and to some extent, David Warner’s come along and said, ‘No, we’re gonna do it this way now’, and they’ve had a lot of success,” Woodhill observed.He called Smith the best since the great Donald Bradman.”The old guard, the older Test greats, still can’t understand how it works. So they still think, especially bowlers, ‘Well, if I was bowling, I’d sort this guy out’.”And that’s the thing with cricket, especially in England and Australia: ‘If I can’t understand how it looks, it can’t work’.”Steven has proven them wrong. He’s the best since Bradman; this is not even an argument anymore.Also Read | Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma to resume battle for T20I dominationAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Steve Smithlast_img read more

Altright commentator gets schooled by historian over diversity in Roman Britain

first_img…many of the inhabitants of the ‘vicus’ would travel with the legion, especially if they were considered ‘elite’.— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017 Lant Street Girl was 14 when she died. She came from the southern Mediterranean. https://t.co/AiP4OUIxmZ pic.twitter.com/UH6vIzS5uR— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017 “Thank God the BBC is portraying Roman Britain as ethnically diverse,” he tweeted. “I mean, who cares about historical accuracy, right?”Step forward writer and historian Mike Stuchbery, who gave PJW a quick history lesson on ethnic diversity in Roman Britain.“Roman Britain was ethnically diverse, almost by design. To begin, occupying legions were drawn from other parts of the Empire,” Stuchbery responded.“Every year we dig up new remains that suggest that Roman Britain, anywhere larger than a military outpost, was an ethnically diverse place.”His full response:  London, as the capital of the province, was especially diverse. People lived, worked & died together from all over.— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017 We have accounts of ‘moors’, along with (modern-day) Iraqi & Syrian soldiers on Hadrian’s Wall. https://t.co/KmuhwjFLUn— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017 An alt-right commentator who complained about the BBC portraying Roman Britain as ethnically diverse has sparked a row with a historian on Twitter.Paul Joseph Watson (PJW), editor of alt-right website InfoWars, shared a screengrab of a BBC educational video on life in Britain, suggesting it was inaccurate. PJW hit back in a video post, responding : “The BBC released an educational documentary about Roman Britain depicting what they said was an ‘exploration of life in Roman Britain shown through the eyes of a typical family’.“I tweeted it was historically inaccurate to depict Roman Britain as ethnically diverse, making the point that this was obviously the BBC engaging in politically correct tokenism.” Thank God the BBC is portraying Roman Britain as ethnically diverse.I mean, who cares about historical accuracy, right? pic.twitter.com/SqE83Pmf2h— Paul Joseph Watson (@PrisonPlanet) July 25, 2017center_img Spiralfields Woman’s DNA can be traced directly to Rome. Probably an aristocrat. https://t.co/KHJmr7PDqW pic.twitter.com/C0R36PgBP5— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017 Not just London, we have evidence of North Africans as high-status individuals in York. https://t.co/rxMA7DaSjr pic.twitter.com/jfQKVNVxKG— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017 Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Roman Britain was ethnically diverse, almost by design. To begin, occupying legions were drawn from other parts of the Empire.— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017 Well, I had better revise the contents of my bachelors degree in Classical Latin then. Thank you for updating me.— Niclas D (@Vallamnius) July 25, 2017 Every year we dig up new remains that suggest that Roman Britain, anywhere larger than a military outpost, was an ethnically diverse place.— Mike Stuchbery 💀🍷 (@MikeStuchbery_) July 25, 2017last_img read more