Australian captain Steve Smith (centre) celebrates with his teammates after catching New Zealand batsman BJ Watling.
Australian captain Steve Smith (centre) celebrates with his teammates after catching New Zealand batsman BJ Watling. DAVID MOIR

America goes crazy over Smith's catch

The video of the Australian captain's flying one-hande effort was featured on a number of sporting websites in the US, a country not renowned for its love of cricket.

But despite not understanding the game, fans and writers alike have recognised the brilliance of Smith's effort.

USA Today's Luke Kerr-Dineen wrote: "You may not understand cricket but wow this is a good catch.

"Right? It happened in a One Day International match between Australia and New Zealand, which Australia cruised to 324-8 (50) to New Zealand 256 (44.2).

"That may not mean anything to you, and that's fine, because holy cow batman look at this catch."

Sports Illustrated said Smith's left-handed effort was better than anything produced by another American sportsman with the same name - Baltimore Ravens receiver Steve Smith.

"Here in the United States we're used to seeing guys named Steve Smith make impressive catches, but nothing compares to what Australian cricketer Steve Smith did on Sunday against New Zealand," Dan Gartland wrote.

Deadspin's Emma Baccellieri called the catch "completely sick", while James Dator, writing for sbnation.com, described Smith's catch as "one of the best cricket catches ever".

Smith's freakish effort was also the top story on social news site reddit.com.

Watch it again and again and again here ...


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