Steve Smith's 'brilliant' game awareness earns Australia vs New Zealand ODI

In the third one-day international against New Zealand on Sunday, Steve Smith showed off his tactical acumen by winning his team a free-hit after recognising that

the host team had more fielders than permitted outside the 30-yard circle. In the ODI series finale, Smith scored his 12th ODI hundred

On September 11th, Steve Smith scored a century in his 12th ODI.

Outside the 30-yard circle, Smith observed that New Zealand had more fielders than was permitted

Australia scored 267 in the series decider thanks to Smith's 105

The umpires verified Smith's allegation to grant Australia a free-hit by counting the fielders outside the 30-yard circle. Smith knew he wouldn't have been out even if he had been caught on the boundary

so he took the chance to hit a tremendous one in the mid-wicket area despite New Zealand sending a defender to the deep

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