Ashes 2019: Tim Paine on Steve Smith's remarkable run - I don't know where it's going to stop

Australia skipper Tim Paine lavishes praise on in-form batsman Steve Smith. Here's what he had to say
Ashes 2019: Tim Paine on Steve Smith's remarkable run - I don't know where it's going to stopAshes 2019: Tim Paine on Steve Smith's remarkable run - I don't know where it's going to stop
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Australia skipper Tim Paine has lavished praise on Steve Smith for his remarkable performance throughout the Ashes series. Since, his return to the longest format of the game after serving a one-year ban for ball-tampering, he has amassed 671 runs at an average of 134.2. His double hundred (211) helped Australia win the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford, Manchester and retain the Ashes urn. Australia, now have an unassailable 2-1 lead in the five-match series, with the final Test to be played at The Oval from September 12th.

After the win at Old Trafford, Tim Paine becomes the first Australian skipper to bring back the Ashes since Steve Waugh in 2001.

He said, "Anyone who's watched (Steve Smith) bat in the last three or four years knows the talent and the skill and the hunger he has got. People don't see how driven he is and how much he trains, eats and sleeps batting. He is just a genius and I never had any doubt that he would come back and be the player he was."

"The scary thing is he's getting better. I don’t know where it’s going to stop but we are enjoying being along for the ride with him, that is for sure."

Apart from Steve Smith, Marnus Labuschagne has been scoring runs at will for the Aussies. He has scored 291 runs from 5 innings at an average of 58.20. In the bowling department, Pat Cummins has been in tremendous form and has picked up 24 wickets from four games.

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