Cricket World Player of the Week - Steve Smith
The term Bradmanesque is thrown around loosely nowadays but if there is one batsman in the international circuit who is truly worthy of the term, it is Steve Smith.
671 runs from five innings at an average of 134.20 including two centuries, one double-century and two half-centuries, Steve Smith has single-handedly helped Australia retain the Ashes.
Even England captain Joe Root has conceded that it is Smith who has been the difference between both sides. In the words of James Anderson, he has never seen any batsman as dominant in a series as Steve Smith is in the Ashes 2019.
Don Bradman leads the list of highest percentage of team's runs scored in an Ashes series with over 35% runs in 1930 but Smith is fast catching up with him having scored more than 30% of the team's runs in this series.
He now averages close to 65 in Test cricket and there is none in his generation who even comes close to him. It seems that at least in Test cricket he is moving eons ahead of the remaining batsmen in The Fab Four i.e Joe Root, Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson.
Despite missing out on three innings due to delayed concussion, Smith still has a chance of overcoming Don Bradman's tally of 974 to register the maximum runs scored in an Ashes series. For that, he would need to score 304 runs in the last Test. With the way in which the master batsman is going about his business, it does not seem an impossibility by any means.
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