australian captain Steve Smith is Better Than Some of the current Best Players: Ricky Ponting
Australian captain Steve Smith
scored his second Test double century against England on Saturday on the third day of the third Test against England in wca stadium . this was his first double century at home, he became the first captain to score an Ashes Test
double ton after Allan Border.
In the in his innings double century, he had broken many records, the 28-year old also broke a 50-year old record held by Sir Garfield Sobers, as he became the player to score maximum runs after 108 innings in Test cricket
talking about on Steve Smith’s performance in the ongoing Ashes series, three world cup winning captain Ricky Ponting
said that Smith is better than some of the best players playing in the world at the moment.
“ when You see the other very good players in the world; Virat Kohli
is on a pretty high pedestal but then you look at Joe Root
and Kane Williamson
, as far as I’m
in my point of view those guys are nowhere near as good as Steven Smith and I’ve said that for a long time,” Ponting told while giving interview to cricket.com.au.
former Australian captain further added that England players
came to him seeking advice on how to take the wicket of steven smith. “I even had many British players come to me this morning saying ‘Just give us some hint how to dismiss Smith. What are we going to bowl to Smith?’. And I said, ‘Look, one, I’m not going to tell you. And two, I don’t know anyway because it seems like he’s got every base covered’,” the 42-year old said.
further added that if Smith was playing in the era of Timeless Tests, he would be invincible. “You look at his wagon wheel, he’s got boundaries almost every part
the ground and there’s no obvious weakness and with his appetite for runs that he’s got he’ll just keep batting forever. pointing also added if he was playing old days there were Timeless Tests he would’ve just batted forever!”
The former Australian batsman also went on to praise the selectors for backing Mitchell Marsh’s selection in the team and said the left-handed batsman has grown as a
“There has been a lot of ‘controversy ’ about Mitchell Marsh and his selection back in the Australian cricket team again.Have the selectors made the wrong or the right call? I think it’s been proven
again they’ve made the right decision … There wouldn’t be a person in Australia that’s not happy seeing Mitchell Marsh doing what he’s doing at the moment,” he said Ponting added that Marsh’s performance in wca can grow his international Test career. “Some of the striking and how clean and pure the striking has been today,
this could be the start of a really long and successful international career now. It seems like he’s unlocked something within himself and he can go and play with a
bit of freedom and he now knows he’s got the game to succeed at Test level, which is really important,” he said.
Smith and Marsh added 301-run stand on Day 3 as Australia third test match reached 549/4 at stumps. Marsh went on to score his maiden Test ton and remained not out on 181. Smith, on the other hand, reached 229* at stumps. England managed to take only one wicket in the day as Shaun Marsh got out on 28 on Moeen’s Ali delivery in the first session.]]>