Sport Tim Paine reveals Steve Smith is working with Cricket Australia to fix sleep issues

12:31  28 november  2019
12:31  28 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Steve Smith is so wired during Test matches that it impacts his sleep, and Australian captain Tim Paine admits the world's best batsman is still working through his battle with insomnia.

Smith told The Daily Telegraph recently that he struggles to switch off after long hauls at the crease, and has had to resort to an app on his phone that plays rain sounds to put him to sleep.

“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," Smith said.

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“It’s all positive, but I wish I could just turn it off if that makes sense.”

Smith's sleep struggles are ironic, given he is an ambassador and investor in startup delivery mattress company Koala.

And after an uncharacteristic low score in the first Test against Pakistan at the Gabba last week, Paine told reporters on Thursday ahead of the second Test against Pakistan in Adelaide Smith continues to work through his slumber issues.

“It’s not a great endorsement for his Koala mattress company," Paine quipped.

“I think that is just how he is but at the same time I know he is working with people at Cricket Australia and elsewhere on trying to find a better night’s sleep.

“He’s working on trying to get better at that and trying to relax a bit more in between games.”

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There is an intriguing correlation between the world's best batsman's sleep patterns and his performances at Test level.

Smith is all guns blazing in the opening innings of Test matches, averaging 93.64, whilst his second innings average, although still commanding, drops to 63.37.

Meanwhile, in the third innings, he averages 51.68, and when fatigue is at its peak, Smith averages 30.68 runs in the fourth innings.

However, any suggestion of sleep deprivation hindering the Smith's batting ability was shot down by his captain.

"He performs in first innings' which all good players want to be able to do, when the game is up for grabs," Paine said.

"And big first innings runs more often than not will win you Test matches or will certainly put you well in front of the game.

"So I think if you asked him would he rather score his runs in the first or the second, he is going to take the first every day of the week - and his record is second to none."

As the Aussies prepare to sweep up the two-match series at Adelaide Oval this weekend, Paine confirmed the side will remain unchanged from the one that claimed a resounding win at the Gabba.

It means Cameron Bancroft and James Pattinson will be sent back to play in their respective Sheffield Shield matches, while Michael Nesser will remain in Adelaide with the team.

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