After notching up a couple of mammoth back-to-back tons under pressure, Steve Smith is being termed as one of Australia’s greatest batsmen.
Playing first and second-innings knocks of 144 and 142 respectively, Smith’s lethal performance has put Australia in an advantageous position.
Talking of his “dream comeback,” Smith said:
“It’s something I have never done in any form of cricket,” he said. “It’s incredibly special and special to put us in the position we are in.”
The Aussie batting sensation also said that Test captaincy is not on his mind as he is fully focused on scoring runs for his country.
“It (the Test captaincy) is certainly not on my radar at the moment. It’s just about going out there and doing my job as a batsman and scoring runs,” an online tabloid quoted Smith as saying.
Smith was seen advising the bowlers and discussing strategies with Tim Paine many a time during the first Ashes Test match. He was reportedly involved in last year’s ball-tampering scandal and hence, is not allowed to lead the team as captain until March 2020.
However, Smith said he would not hesitate to help the skipper on the field.
“Of course, I’m experienced now and able to help in any way that I can. (Paine) knows I’m there to help him and give him some suggestions and things like that as much as I can. If I see something I’ll always go to him and try and help for the betterment of the team,” he said.
Steve Smith now has 10 Ashes tons to his name. He’s being compared to all-time Australian legends like Don Bradman and Steve Waugh.