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My failure inspired Steve Smith to greatness

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Much misfortune has befallen me, as anyone familiar with my writings would know. And to be sure, most of that misery was self-inflicted.

However, there was one incident of self-sabotage that had an unintended byproduct: producing the greatest Test batsman of his generation - a badly scarred but indomitable young man who stands at the precipice of a redemption tale for the ages.

I speak of Steve Smith

But would you believe me if I told you that I alone inadvertently inspired him to change his batting technique and become an idiosyncratic master?

It was the summer of 2013 and my life was........

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