Steven Smith with his fiancée Dani Willis during an event © Getty Images
Steven Smith with his fiancée Dani Willis during an event © Getty Images

What drives Steven Smith? What is the key to his magnificent success? What does his homework involve? What does he eat to maintain his energy? We all want to understand Smith, the man who has the second-highest average in Tests.

During Day Three of the third Ashes Test, Smith’s fiancée Dani Willis told Channel Nine that he drags her to feed balls into bowling machine. There you go. We have the answer,  proving Smith’s obsession with cricket. He simply loves the game and is married to it. “He’s quite intense. He’s still in the zone,” she added.

Smith started as a leg-spinner when he made debut in 2010. He then had an epiphany that his talent is more inclined towards batting that spin-bowling. He worked on it and has 20 hundreds since 2014. It sounds baffling, doesn’t it? Let us add more flavour to it. Smith has scored over 1,000 runs in each of the last four years, and averages way better than Virat Kohli, Joe Root, and Kane Williamson.

We’d like to know more from Dani, a law student. Smith, the genius, is a wonderful case study.