SPD Smith: shake it off

“I’m dancing on my own (dancing on my own)
I make the moves up as I go (moves up as I go)
And that’s what they don’t know, mmm-mmm?
That’s what they don’t know, mmm-mmm”
– Shake it off, Taylor Swift


Young fella.

Traumatic month.

But can’t stop scoring the runs.


Not dismissed in Adelaide.

Thrust into national captaincy.


Loses the toss.

All bowl to fatigue.

To injury.

Difficult day.


“But I keep cruising
Can’t stop, won’t stop grooving
It’s like I got this music – In my mind
Saying, “It’s gonna be alright.”

Shake it off, Taylor Swift


But chirpy.


A skillful slips catch.

In the game. And how.

Right on top.

Side clicking.

Out to bat at 2/98, chasing 408.

Departs at 8/398 with a mere 133.

Late order runs.

A happy team.

Confidence growing.


” ‘Cause the players gonna play, play, play, play, play
And the haters gonna hate, hate, hate, hate, hate
Baby, I’m just gonna shake, shake, shake, shake, shake
I shake it off, I shake it off.”

– Shake it off, Taylor Swift


Confidence growing.

Collective confidence growing.

Bowling changes.

Fielding changes.

Again a clicking of the unit.

Out to bat at 2/22 chasing 128 to win.

Departs at 5/122, run out (it had to be) with 28.

Well played SPD Smith.


I shake it off, I shake it off.




About David Wilson

David Wilson is a writer, editor, flood forecaster and former school teacher. He writes under the name “E.regnans” at The Footy Almanac and has stories in several books. One of his stories was judged as a finalist in the Tasmanian Writers’ Prize 2021. He shares the care of two daughters and a dog, Pip. He finds playing the guitar a little tricky, but seems to have found a kindred instrument with the ukulele. Favourite tree: Eucalyptus regnans.


  1. Malcolm Ashwood says

    Steve Smith is fascinating in that when he started his test career I reckon we all had doubts yet re doing cricket coaching with past and current players , every 1 of them said will be a gun . I can assure you this was very unusual , at the moment he is going from strength to strength and it is a great call , thanks OBP

  2. Luke Reynolds says

    How good is SPD Smith. I was a big doubter. Now a big fan.

    Didn’t pick E.regnans as a Taylor Swift fan……

  3. And a wee AB medal for yer man.
    As Clarrie Grimmett has said: Well played SPD Smith.

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