Ricky Ponting on Steve Smith's Double Century: "Genius" is one word that comes to mind

Ashes 2019: Steve Smith made a magnificent 211 in the first innings of the fourth Ashes Test at Old Trafford
Ricky Ponting on Steve Smith's Double Century: "Genius" is one word that comes to mind
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Steve Smith continued his rich vein of form in the Ashes series as he registered a magnificent double century to help his side post a mammoth 497 runs. The 30 year old's double century, his third in Test cricket was studded with 24 hits to the fence and two over it. This was also his third century of the series following the 144 and 142 in the series opener at Edgbaston. Now, Steve Smith has scored 589 runs from 5 innings in this series at an average of 147.25.

Heaping praise on Steve Smith, former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting said, "You hear all sorts of words, 'genius' is one that comes to mind."

"A remarkable innings again. It's his application to what he does. He just doesn't make any mistakes. His concentration levels are obviously unbelievably good. He's only been out nine times LBW in his last 99 innings, so you know if you're bowling straight you're not going to get him out. The one thing you have to do is try and challenge the outside of his bat. He doesn't miss it on the inside."

Smith, who has averaged over 60 after playing 67 Tests, has the second best batting average next to the one and only Don Bradman. Recently, Steve Smith also surpassed India skipper Virat Kohli to take first place in the ICC Test rankings.

Ricky Ponting also pointed out that only Don Bradman has scored more centuries and double centuries against England.

"Even what Smithy is doing now is remarkable, to think how good Bradman must have been to be a third again better than what Steve Smith's doing at the moment is ridiculous."  

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