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‘Steve Smith’s appetite for runs similar to Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting’

Steve Waugh, the former Australian cricket team skipper, has said Steve Smith’s hunger for runs is similar to Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting and added that the current skipper is on the path to greatness.

cricket Updated: Dec 01, 2017 17:51 IST
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Steve Smith has smashed 21 centuries in 57 Tests and this has prompted former Australia skipper Steve Waugh to say his appetite for runs similar to Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.
Steve Smith has smashed 21 centuries in 57 Tests and this has prompted former Australia skipper Steve Waugh to say his appetite for runs similar to Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting. (REUTERS)
         

Legendary Australia batsman Steve Waugh said current skipper Steve Smith’s hunger for runs is similar to Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.

Waugh felt that Smith, who stroked an unbeaten 141 to steer the Kangaroos to a 10-wicket win in the Ashes opener in Brisbane, will rewrite the record books.

“He’s almost going to rewrite the history books the way he is playing, 21 centuries in 57 Tests -- and he didn’t do so well in his first 10 or so,” Waugh told reporters. “He’s got an insatiable appetite for runs, a bit like (Sachin) Tendulkar and Ponting.

Waugh, who sits third on Australia’s list of all-time Test run-scorers with 10,927 runs, termed Smith as “incredible”, adding to the chorus of former Australia skippers -- including Ponting, Allan Border, Greg and Ian Chappell praising the youngster.

“The great players just want to keep scoring runs, they love batting and that’s what he does well. He concentrates well, overcomes plans well and just when you think you’ve got him in a weak moment he’ll find a way out of it,” the legendary batsman added.

Already 1-0 up in the five-match Ashes rubber, Australia are all set to take on England in the historic day-night second Test at the Adelaide Oval from Saturday.

First Published: Dec 01, 2017 17:48 IST