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'Smith a genius as well as strange' - Stokes
Stokes has his say

'Smith a genius as well as strange' - Stokes

Ben Stokes has termed Steve Smith a ‘genius’ as well as ‘strange’ as he praised the top-ranked Test batsman.

"He's still strange to play against and he's still strange to play with. And the best thing about it is that he admits it," Stokes said in podcast by Rajasthan Royals.

"But I feel to be a genius you have to be a bit strange and you know he's certainly both.

"Personally, I could not think about cricket in the way that he does when it comes to batting. I could never be like that. Obviously, he's on all the time but that's why he averages 60-plus in Test cricket."

Smith averages a whopping 62.84 in 73 Tests which goes up to 65.11 against England.

Smith was a pain in the neck for England in the recent Ashes as he scored an astonishing 774 runs in four matches.

"Even though he plays for Australia, biggest rivals England and Australia, you've just got to hold your hands up sometimes to players like that and go 'yeah you're on a different level when it comes to batting,'" said Stokes.

"You have to be on a different level with something to be like those guys when it comes to batting."

The Durham all-rounder threw his weight behind Test cricket, saying there is no need to tinker with it and bring it down to four days.

The International Cricket Council had pitched the idea of four-days Tests due to a packed calendar but the idea drew a lot of criticism from a lot of players.