Steve Smith Kevin Pietersen's signature switch-hit
Steve Smith was Australia's top performer again in the second ODI of the series against England.

Steve Smith was Australia’s top performer again in the second ODI of the series against England. On Saturday, the former captain accumulated 94 off 115 balls at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

He hit 5 fours, and a six as the hosts accumulated 280/8 in 50 overs. The right-handed batter also tried to copy Kevin Pietersen’s signature switch-hit against spinner Adil Rashid. In the 32nd over of England’s innings, Smith attempted the shot on a free hit but failed to connect the ball as Rashid kept the ball beyond his reach.

A video of the same was shared by Cricket Australia on social media. “Steve Smith trying something new on the free hit,” they wrote.

Smith also became the fastest Australian cricketer to complete 14,000 international runs in all formats. He took 288 matches to reach the landmark.

The visitors were dismissed for 208 in 38.5 overs as they lost the match by 72 runs. This was England’s second defeat, having lost the opening encounter by six wickets. They are 0-2 down in the three-match series.

Marnus Labuschagne and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh also hit the fifties. Mitchell Starc and Adam Zampa took 4 wickets each for the Aussie side.

On the other hand, Smith had scored an unbeaten 80 off 78 balls in the previous match and has a total of 174 runs from two games.

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