Rain tonic for Smith’s stress
AUSTRALIA is in the midst of one of its worst ever droughts, but there is one place where the sound of rain is certain next week … in Steve Smith’s hotel room.
The run-scoring superstar, pictured, admits a new life free of the pressures of Test captaincy has done nothing to cure his battles with insomnia, with his powers of concentration so all-encompassing, it can double as a curse.
Smith reveals his mind explodes into such vivid detail as he visualises his next innings that he can’t switch it off.
The 30-year-old (pictured) has turned to the pitter-patter of raindrops to try to break the sleepless nights that can ultimately exhaust him during Test matches.
“Before I bat I’m still pretty ordinary. I’m working on a few different techniques to get better. I’ve been listening to something that I think has actually helped a bit, which is listening to the rain app on my phone,” Smith said.
“That seems to have made a bit of a difference and I do that quite a lot now. I just find it hard to switch my brain off. It’s all to do with doing my visualisation: watching bowlers running in at me. Where I’m hitting them, and things like that. It’s all positive, but I wish I could just turn it off, if that makes sense.”
Cricket may have never seen anything to match Smith’s extraordinary powers of concentration.
But it can come at a cost. By the end of the Ashes, after he had spent the majority of four Test matches out in the middle, Smith fell physically ill as a result of the physical and mental drain.
The batting king revealed his all-or-nothing personality makes it impossible for his total investment in the game to be scaled back.