Aussie premier batsman Steve Smith has been in a sensational form since making a comeback from the tough 12-month ball-tampering ban. Smith composed over 600 runs in the recently concluded 2019 Ashes and continued his superb performance in the ongoing T20I series against Pakistan as well. After scoring a crucial half-century in the second T20I against Sri Lanka, Smith stroked an excellent innings of 80 runs in the second T20I against Pakistan.
"He played beautifully, we know how good a player he is. He loves batting, full-stop. He wants to be out there. I think Manuka Oval is an amazing cricket ground, it was a great batting wicket and Steven (Smith) certainly took advantage," quoted Aussie head coach Justin Langer.
"Smith's greatest strength is his ability to solve problems, whether it's in Test cricket or T20 cricket. That's where he's so good at, the best players in the world do it. The best players adapt to white or red ball, or twenty-over or Test cricket," he added.
Langer hopes Smith achieves No.1 ranking in all three formats
After just two Test matches on comeback, Smith reclaimed his No.1 spot in the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. However, when it comes to the limited-overs formats, Smith needs to do a lot better to get the same stature. Langer feels Smith can surely improve his ODI and T20I rankings with these stunning performances.
"Hopefully, he gets ranked one in all three formats, I think he'll be aspiring to do that. His Test series in England was incredible, his 90 (sic) in the semi-final of the World cup was incredible and the innings he played last night was sublime. He's getting better and better which is greater for Australian cricket,” entailed Langer.