The former captain of the Australian cricket team, Ricky Pointing, who is himself regarded as one of the best batsmen of all time, said that apart from Virat Kohli, none of the modern day batsmen is anywhere close to the standard of the current Aussie captain, Steven Smith.
“You look at the other better 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 concerned those guys are nowhere near as good as Steven Smith and I’ve said that for a long time,” Ponting was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
The three-time World Cup winning great also revealed that some of the English players approached him for tips to dismiss Smith and he responds by saying he was yet to figure out any weakness in the current Australian captain’s game.
The No. 1 ranked batsman in Test cricket, Smith, broke many records on his way to a double hundred on the third day of the third Ashes Test at the WACA on Saturday. He became the first captain to do so in an Ashes Test after Allan Border achieved the same feat 24 years ago in 1993. He also broke West Indian great Sir Garfield Sobers’ record for the maximum number of runs after 108 innings in Test matches.
Smith was dismissed for 239 on the fourth day’s morning when he was caught plumb in front by English pacer James Anderson.