The No.1 ranked test batsman has made the habit of staying at the crease for long hours and in the process has notched up tons of runs since his return to international cricket. Steve Smith endured a rare failure against Pakistan in Brisbane and the batsman took it upon himself to serve a punishment by running a stretch of 3 kilometers.
Smith only had the chance to bat once against the visitors since the Aussies picked up a dominant innings victory to start their summer on fire. The former Aussie skipper was dismissed for only 4 at the Gabba by Yasir Shah.
The batsman responded by deliberately missing the team bus at the end of the test and proceeded to run his way back to the team hotel from the ground. The distance which measures out to be 3 km, is part of Smith’s interesting self reward-punishment scheme which he has put in place. He said:
“I always punish myself when I get no runs, just like I reward myself when I score runs with a chocolate bar at the end of the night if I get a hundred,” he said. “So yeah, if I get no runs I always like to have a run or go to the gym or do something just to give myself a bit of a punishment,”
One thing is evident, it is tough to keep Smith away from “runs” whether it be ones on the cricket field or off the field.