Vaughan backs ‘dexterous’ Steve Smith to shine in Ashes

Sydney, July 1 (ANI): Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes that world’s number one Test batsman Steve Smith will continue his rich vein of form against the Alastair Cook-led side in the upcoming Ashes series beginning on July 8 at Cardiff.

Vaughan disagreed with his compatriots’ remarks that Smith would be vulnerable at first drop in the Ashes, saying that the Australian would have a really good series.

Vaughan, who led his side to their first Ashes victory since 1986-87, said that although England are trying to pick at him a bit and his technique, Smith has got as good a game awareness as he has seen, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

The 40-year-old insisted that Smith’s technique is not one that could be taught by a coach, adding that the Australian picks up the length of the ball quickly and efficiently.

The Michael Clarke-led team, who claimed a 5-0 whitewash over England during 2013-14 series, will seek to end a streak of three straight away Ashes series reverses on this tour. (ANI)

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