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Ashes 2019: Tim Paine Hails Steve Smith As The Best Player He Has Ever Seen

sportzwiki 2019-09-09 17:54:53

Australia have won the fourth Test match of the ongoing and has retained the urn in England for the first time since 2001. England lost the Test match by 185 runs in Manchester. The Australian bowlers’ produced a brilliant effort to stop the host. Speaking at the end of the game, Tim Paine hailed Steve Smith labelling him as the best player he has ever seen.

“Steve is the best player I have ever seen. He showed that again in this Test match. He knows the game so well and reads it so well,” Paine said.

Steve Smith is another level: Tim Paine

The Australian skipper further praised the team and opined about Pat Cummins that Australia has one of the best fast bowlers in the world. Paine also weighed in on the comparisons between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli, two of the modern-day greats.

“We’ve got the best fast bowler in the world (Pat Cummins) and the best Test batsman in the world,” he told Sky Sports. “I thought Virat Kohli was the best batsman I’ve ever seen because of the way he plays in all forms, but Steve Smith… That’s another level.”

“He’s a great problem-solver. His hunger for the game, I’ve never seen anything like it,” Tim Paine said.

Steve Smith scored a double century and a fifty in the 4th Test match in Manchester. Till now in Ashes, he has scored 671 runs with three centuries at an average of 134.2 from three games. He didn’t bat in the second innings of the second Test and the third Test due to concussion. Talking about his performance, Smith said that he enjoys the time while playing for the team rather than sitting and watching the match.

“I’m not sure I have ever played better,” Smith told Sky Sports. “I have enjoyed my time in the middle. I have come back fresh from a year out, but relaxed and chilled out. I want to be the one in the middle doing my job for the team as I don’t particularly enjoy watching cricket,” he added.

Australia is currently leading the series 2-1. The fifth and the final Test match will start from 12 September which will decide the winner of Ashes.