David Warner spills beans on Steve Smith’s midnight batting taps
Warner and Smith having played a lot together, know a thing or two about each other. Warner shared what keeps Smith awake at night.
Explosive left-handed Australian batsman David Warner in an interview revealed why he can’t sleep when Steve Smith’s room is right above his room, during tours, in hotels. Warner told Smith keeps tapping his bat at midnight, thus making it difficult for Warner to sleep.
In an interview with Fitzy & Wippa, Warner gave a first-hand experience about how much Smith loves his bats and batting and cricket in general. So much so that he keeps testing his bats at midnight.
“A little insight to Steve Smith when you’re in a hotel room. If he’s above you, you ain’t sleeping. All you hear is the tapping all the time. You think it’s the cleaners coming in at midnight. You’re like, ‘Nah, that’s just Steve testing his bats,” Warner stated.
Smith is world-renowned for his batting routines and unusual leaves. He loves batting immensely. “He likes to feel the weight, but he likes to close his eyes, and yeah, that’s how he does it,” Warner told.
Warner also specified how particular Steve Smith is about his Test whites.
“It’s just so common, Steve, that he put his whites on to work out if his thigh pad was going to fit in his pants. I’m worried about my box, not my thigh pad,” Warner said.
A similar experience was recently shared by Dani Willis, Smith’s wife through her Instagram. Willis shared a photo of Smith testing many of his bats, blindfolded. She wrote, “Flashback to Steve doing Steve things. I think he was trying to work out which bat had the better pick up?!”.
David Warner and Steve Smith have been named in the 23-man squad for the tour of the West Indies. It is a limited-overs format series to be played in July.