Steve Smith can be compared to Don Bradman, says Allan Border
It is cognisance of the fact that Steve Smith has been the best batsman for Australia over the last couple of years. Smith started his career as a potential leg-spinner and then went on to create wonders for his team. Today, he has established himself as one of the world’s best batsman.
Smith has been the star performer for his team in the recently-concluded Ashes series as his team retained the Ashes urn in England for the first time in 18 years. He chipped in with an aggregate score of 774 runs in the Ashes series at a staggering average of 110.57. Smith smashed 3 centuries, a double century and 3 half-centuries in the 4 Tests he played in the series.
Meanwhile, former Australia captain Allan Border has compared Steve Smith to Don Bradman. According to Allan Border, Smith can only be compared with Bradman for “brilliance”. It has been a long time since Smith has played a Test match at home since his one-year Test ban. He will be looking forward to playing his first Test on home soil in 22 months on Thursday against Pakistan.
Steve Smith now maintains a terrific average in the longest version of the game. He boasts the second-highest Test average behind Don Bradman with 64.56. He is not too far away from creating more records. He just needs 17 runs in his next 7 innings to become the fastest player to reach 7,000 Test runs.
According to Border, Smith’s consistency sets him a class apart from most other players. “Most people have that patch where everything goes wrong and they go through a trot. They always had a few Tests or a series where it just didn’t work for them or you got the better of them.
I don’t know if it happened to Bradman, but everyone else has had one. But Steven has just been incredible. Not just in the Ashes but his whole career. I’ve not quite (seen anyone else do it). In straight out numbers, yes (he’s the best since Bradman),” Border told AAP.