Steven Smith is the No.1 ranked batsman in Test cricket © Getty Images
Steven Smith is the No.1 ranked batsman in Test cricket © Getty Images

Steven Smith‘s is a phenomenal story. Making his Test debut as a leg-spinner who could bat a bit, he has risen through the ranks to emerge to one of the greatest batsmen of all time. The Australian captain has scored 6,057 runs from 61 Tests at an unbelievable average of 63.75. In fact, he has scored 21 hundreds in the last four years at an astounding 76. Smith has attained the second-highest rating in the all-time Test batting rankings and is only behind the great Don Bradman.

Earlier this month, Smith had accepted that he has always studied the batting of his contemporaries and incorporated them in his batting. While captain Smith embarks another journey in Australia’s challenging South African tour, his teammates Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc try and decode his success mantra.

While Lyon calls him a “freak”, Starc says how he looks to bounce him out in the nets.

Here’s the cricket.com.au video.

Smith-led Australia will play the first Test of their South African tour at Durban, starting Thursday. The last time the two sides had squared off, in Australia in 2016-17, South Africa had won 2-1. Smith termed the moment as a “low point in Australian cricket”.

Steven Smith prepared for some 'verbal challenge' during South Africa-Australia Test series
Steven Smith prepared for some 'verbal challenge' during South Africa-Australia Test series

Smith had finished with 212 runs in the series at 42.4. However, Smith had a fantastic tour to South Africa in 2013-14, where he had piled up 269 runs at 67.25.

Australian XI for Durban Test: Australia XI: David Warner, Cameron Bancroft, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (c), Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, Tim Paine (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood