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Smith explains dance, Lord’s bathtub nap

By AAP Newswire

Steve Smith's interpretive dance has become a smash hit on social media and in Australia's dressing room, leaving the former skipper a touch sheepish about his Lord's shuffle.

Smith's tics, mannerisms, lightsaber leave and fancy footwork are part of what makes the batsman so captivating, along with his incredible ability to stroke the ball into gaps and stand up in Australia's hours of need against quality bowling.

A notoriously poor sleeper during matches, the eccentric maestro had a nap in a bathtub during an extended rain delay on day three of the second Ashes Test.

It seems that high-stakes contests and intense battles prompt Smith to ramp up the theatrics, as was the case during his oft-replayed showdown with India veteran Ishant Sharma in 2017.

But even by the unique batsman's standards, Smith knows his performance in London while desperately trying to push Australia to a 2-0 series lead has been something else.

The 30-year-old has regularly contorted his body, pivoted and pranced around the crease after leaving the ball.

Exaggerated steps and swishing of the bat have been some of the other involuntary movements that are a by-product of his intense concentration.

Cricket fans have used various soundtracks to accompany Smith's mid-pitch dance moves on social media, with many members of Australia's 17-man Ashes squad enjoying some laughs.

"Someone sent something around on a WhatsApp group last night with me dancing around," Smith told the Nine Network on day four at Lord's.

"I actually don't know I'm doing that kind of stuff. I know I'm a little bit eccentric or whatever but I didn't realise I was doing it that bad."

Smith, who scored twin tons at Edgbaston to help Australia take a major step in pursuit of their first Ashes series win in England since 2001, was tired after a seemingly never-ending wait to bat at Lord's.

"The day before I bat or I'm uncertain as to whether we're going to bat, that's usually when I'm at my worst," he said.

"So I had three days of that.

"I had a little bit of a kip in the bathtub yesterday during the rain break but I actually slept alright last night, which was good."