Smith ‘can dominate all formats’
STEVE Smith can set his sights on being the world’s best batsman across all three formats after showing off his Twenty20 class, according to coach Justin Langer.
Smith has emerged out of the T20 darkness in the past week to dominate the start of the summer for Australia.
The former captain has piled on 146 runs against Sri Lanka and Pakistan and been dismissed just once. His 80 not out in Canberra on Tuesday night was a knock of wizardry and arguably his best T20 innings for his country.
“Anyone who questions Steve Smith and anything to do with batting puts a smile on your face,” Langer said. “That’s his greatest strength, his ability to solve problems. Whether it is Test cricket or T20 cricket, that’s what he is so good at.
“The best players in the world do it. The best players adapt to white or red ball, 20over or Test cricket. It’s not a fluke that he is a great player.”
Smith is likely to develop his T20 game even more over the next year, as Australia turns its focus towards a home World Cup.
The global debate surrounding the world’s best batsman mantle between Smith and Virat Kohli often rules that Smith is the king of the red ball while Kohli dominates the white. But Langer said there was no reason why Smith couldn’t climb to the top of the T20 tree.
“Hopefully he is ranked No.1 in all three forms,” Langer said. “I’m sure he will be aspiring to do that. Hopefully all our players are aspiring to it as well. [Tuesday] night was just sublime. He plays shots where you just shake your head.”