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Smith trapped in lift, goes viral

Steve Smith has produced a widely-circulated social media post recording an unexpected 55-minute stay in a hotel lift.

The Australian vice-captain, known for his intensity at the crease, showed fans a lighter side of his personality with his Instagram post as he documented his incarceration. Appropriately it featured a supporting actor role for Marnus Labuschagne, widely regarded as his protege.

“Not quite the night I had planned, I’m currently stuck in a lift,” he said on a video showing his followers how he was trapped 20 storeys up.

“The doors won’t open, it’s out of service … I’ve tried to get the door open, I’ve got this side open. Marnus is on the other side trying to open the door.”

Labuschagne helped Smith keep his energy levels high, supplying a handful of M&M’s through the gap in the doors as he tried to pry them open.

Nevertheless, Smith said: “It’s not much fun, I’m not really enjoying it in here.”

As his boredom grew Smith, in an eye-opening segment, imagined himself dancing while wearing nothing but a pair of swimming briefs using Romain Leroux’s Instgram effect ‘What will u Dance ?’ filter.

When a technician finally arrived to free him Smith clambered out to applause from the “rescue team”.

“That’s 55 minutes I’ll probably never get back,” he said once safely back in his room.

The post was picked up by twitter users including BT Sport, who are covering the Ashes for English audiences and Times of India.

Smith was in the lift longer than any England batsmen spent at the crease in their second innings in the third Test except Joe Root. As several users commented:’ if he had been a English batsmen he would have been out much quicker’.



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