Words might fall short to describe Steve Smith’s prolific run in the red-ball cricket for Australia. Despite sitting out of Test team for more than a year, the top-order batsman seems to be in elite batting form which saw him smashing twin centuries in the opening Ashes Test at Edgbaston. Doing so, the 30-year old helped Australia beat England and claimed the player of the match award.
While he made his way into the team as a bowling all-rounder but Smith continued to ameliorate his batting skills. This is evident from the fact that since scoring his first Test century at The Oval in 2013, the New South Wales born continued to pile runs and is averaging 71.52 in his last 97 Test innings – a feat which installs him among the greats of the game.
Only two other batters had the audacity to possess a better record. Ricky Ponting (73.86) and Shivnarine Chanderpaul (71.67) are the two names who averaged in excess of 70 in a sequence of 97 innings. The way Smith is batting these days, he clearly looks on a mission to end up as the all-time greats of the cricketing world.