Australia captain Tim Paine believes there is no doubt Steve Smith is “the best player in the world” after he starred in Australia’s opening Ashes Test victory over England. Smith overcame every adversity thrown at him as he struck match-winning centuries in both innings.
Smith guided his team out of trouble with a sensational 144 in the first innings and three days later, he became only the fifth Australian to score successive centuries in an Ashes Test as he scored a fluent 142 to put the visitors in control of the match.
After his memorable batting show, Paine made a huge claim regarding Smith, calling him the best Test player in the world right now.
“I think Steve Smith was unbelievable. There’s no doubt about that, he’s the best player in the world for Test cricket at the moment. He’s probably the best ever, statistically, and while he’s at the crease I think our team’s got real confidence,” Paine said.