There has been lot of cricket in 2017, the Cricingif team selects their best Test batsman.
From centuries in Pune, Ranchi, and Dharmasala against India to a gritty slow-paced Ashes hundred at Brisbane and a double-hundred at Perth, what a year Steve Smith has had. Because of his heroics in 2017, Smith now averages 63 in Tests. Also, he attained the second-best ever ranking points for Test batsmen this year. Obviously, behind Don Bradman the great! This makes him better (according to stats) than Sir Vivian Richards, Brian Lara, Zaheer Abbas, Sunil Gavaskar, and many other Test greats. Let that sink in!
Steven Smith is going from strength to strength each year. He finishes off the year with 1305 runs at an average of 76.76, 6 hundreds and 3 fifties. 3 of these hundreds were scored against India in India and rest of these were scored in the ongoing Ashes. He continues to be a fortress for Australia in tests. Oh yeah also, something about him inching closer (in ICC’s highest ever rated cricketer ranking points) to a certain gentleman named Sir Don Bradman.
Average of 70.43, seven scores of more than 50 runs with 5 of them being converted into centuries. These numbers belong to a certain Steve Smith. When the year started there was a big 4 which included Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root & Virat Kohli. At the end of the year, due to poor form Joe Root has dropped from this list and due to lack of test cricket Kane Williamson has dropped off this list as well. Steve Smith scored some valuable runs and went ahead among the big 4 this year. One can just wonder where he would have been if he started is career as a batsman.
Steve Smith: M 11 - Runs 1305 – HS 239 – Avg 76.76 – 100s 6
From being the top-run scorer in the Ashes to scoring runs away from home in India, including three centuries, the Aussie skipper has hit a purple patch this year. While the number of hundreds he has scored is the same as Virat Kohli and Dean Elgar, it’s the impact of those runs that eclipses the other two.