Ashes 2019: Allan Border feels that only Steve Smith should get the credit if Australia retain the Ashes

Ashes 2019: Steve Smith has scored over 650 runs from the three games he has played in the Ashes series so far
Ashes 2019: Allan Border feels that only Steve Smith should get the credit if Australia retain the Ashes
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Former Australia skipper Allan Border has said that if Australia go on to win the fourth Ashes Test and retain the urn, the credit should go to only one man - Steve Smith. Ever since his return to the longest format of the game after serving a one year ban for the ball-tampering scandal, Steve Smith has made 671 runs at an average of 134.2. His 82 run knock in the second innings of the fourth Test is his ninth consecutive Ashes half century.

England are currently, 18-2 needing another 365 runs to win the Test and retain the urn.

Allan Border said, "He's been quite phenomenal and if Australia go on to win this game and retain the Ashes, it's basically been on the back of Smith's bat."

"He's been phenomenal throughout the series and again yesterday, Australia in trouble as usual, top of the order struggling again. He just steadies the ship, and then that remarkable knock and gets them into position to declare and take those two late wickets which puts Australia right in the box seat going into day five."

While Steve Smith has scored runs at will in this series, other batsmen barring Marnus Labuschagne have faced a difficult time facing the likes of Stuart Broad and Jofra Archer.

"He's just a different class, it's as simple as that, he looks like he's playing in different conditions. The bowling looks less threatening when he's at the crease. All the other batsmen have really struggled. There's been some good bowling and the pitches have helped the bowlers a fair bit throughout the series… but when Steve Smith's facing up it's a different ball game. He's just been the difference between the two teams to date."  

The fifth and final Ashes Test will commence from 12th September at the Oval.

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