Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting believes that the current No.1 ranked Test batsman in the world Steve Smith will soon regain his form. Steve Smith is currently undergoing a lean patch in the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
The champion batsman is yet to register a double-digit score in the four-match series, having managed scores of 1, 1*, 1, and 8. While he was knocked over by Ravichandran Ashwin in the first innings of Adelaide and Melbourne, it was Jasprit Bumrah who castled him behind his legs in the second innings.
Ponting, however, added that given the quality of the current Indian bowling attack, Australia desperately needs Steve Smith to step up to the occasion in the next two Tests.
”He’s not having much go his way at the moment. I think he would have liked to have his time over with his first-inning dismissal here, he would have played that differently. But he’s one of the all-time greats of the game everyone is allowed to have a few bad games here and there,” Ricky Ponting told cricket.com.au.
”The one thing I do know is that Australia need Steven Smith to stand up, especially against this bowling attack India have,” he added.
‘I thought that would flow over into this series and it hasn’t yet’- Ricky Ponting on Steve Smith
Steve Smith had started the summer in scintillating fashion as he notched back-to-back 62-ball hundreds in the three-match One-day International series. Ponting claimed that it was the best he has seen Smith bat when he racked up those whirlwind tons and he had hoped that the Australian champion batsman will emulate the same in the Test matches.
He, however, is confident that he will stage a fightback and probably get a big score in the remaining four innings of the Test summer.
”The two one-day hundreds he made were as good as I’ve ever seen him play,” Ponting said. Knowing what he’s like when he gets into that groove and as he talks about ‘finding his hands’, I thought that would flow over into this series and it hasn’t yet.
”There’s still potentially four more innings for him and we know that if he gets in and set he can make a big score,” he added.
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