Steve Smith said he would laugh off the frosty reception he is expected to receive at the hands of the South Africans, but he probably wasn’t expecting a barrage from a 16-year-old school boy.
Smith and some of the Aussie batsman visited King Edward VII School and gave the students a chance to bowl to them.
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A school known for its cricket alumni, Quinton de Kock and Graeme Smith, the bowlers gave Smith a good hit.
But 16-year-old student thought he would greet Smith with a bouncer, which clearly caught the world’s premier batsman off guard.
The ball zipped past Smith’s bat and the video caught South Africa’s attention.
Rapid!🔥— Mike Strachan (@SaffaStrachan) February 18, 2020
Yaa seen it yesterday. That 16 year old boy has something in him, brutal bumper🔥— That Cricket Guy (@Vivek7968) February 20, 2020
Good to see the aussies interacting and giving youngsters the oppurtunity to actually bowl to them. Very cool— Jacques Venter (@JacquesVenter5) February 20, 2020
Superb— Jaydev Mishra (@MishraJaydev) February 19, 2020
👏👏👏— MAN IN BLUE (@sambit_45) February 20, 2020
Very nice, hats off to him.
Smith, Warner ready for hostile reception
Australia's cricketing officials are confident there'll be no security issues in their T20 series-opener against South Africa at one of the sport's most hostile venues.
A sell-out crowd is expected at the Wanderers on Friday night (Saturday morning AEDT) for David Warner and Smith's first match in South Africa since the ugly 2018 Test series that culminated in the ball-tampering scandal.
The Johannesburg fortress has been a magnet for crowd incidents, the most recent of which involved England star Ben Stokes lashing out at a fan after he was likened to pop star Ed Sheeran.
International cricket matches in South Africa are largely managed by the venues themselves rather than by the sport's governing body.
Management at the Bullring have promised to beef up security and Cricket Australia is understood to be comfortable with the arrangements, as is players union boss Alistair Nicholson, who is in Johannesburg with the team to provide support if necessary.