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Steve Smith can surpass Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting in Tests: Brad Hodge

Brad Hodge said that Australia skipper Steve Smith can end up with more Test hundreds than cricket legends like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.

cricket Updated: Mar 27, 2017 10:07 IST
Steve Smith,Sachin Tendulkar,Ricky Ponting
Steve Smith slammed his 20th Test hundred when he played a brilliant knock against India in Dharamsala.(AFP)

Former Australia batsman Brad Hodge believes that current skipper Steve Smith will continue to accumulate runs in Test cricket and could surpass the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. (Dharamsala Test, Day 3 Blog)

The 27-year-old Smith notched up his 20th Test century on day one of the fourth and final Test against India in Dharamsala.

“He could do 40 or 50 if he’s good enough — and I think that he is, if he keeps churning them out like this,” Hodge told Fox Sports News.

“He’s probably going at one (century) in (every) three (Tests) at the moment so if he keeps playing till he’s 35 — some of us play till we’re 42, so time’s on his side.

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“Forty or 50 is not out of reach, I don’t reckon...He’s a superstar. I think he’ll go on to close down the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting.”

Sachin Tendulkar tops the all-time Test hundred list with 51 from 200 games, ahead of South Africa’s Jacques Kallis (45 in 166) and Australia’s Ricky Ponting (41 in 168).

Hodge further said, “To reach 20 Test (hundreds) takes a helluva lot of effort and skill. He’s done that and he’s probably just going to go on.

“He’s got time on his side, he’s batting as best as he possibly could. Technically, he’s just completely different to what we know.

“He’s just leading from the front, it’s what a captain of Australia is meant to do.”