[caption id="attachment_670441" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-670441" alt="Steven Smith and Ricky Ponting (r) AFP (file photo)" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/ponting-smith.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Steven Smith and Ricky Ponting (r) AFP (file photo)[/caption] <p></p> <p></p>There is no doubt that<a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/steven-smith/"> Steven Smith</a> is on a different level currently with his batting in the ongoing <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/series/the-ashes-2017-18-200462/">Ashes series</a>. Smith slammed his second double-hundred on Saturday at Perth in the third Test against England. Mesmerised with his show, former Australia legend <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Ricky-Ponting">Ricky Ponting</a> has called Smith as one of the best of this age-and-time. <p></p> <p></p>Smith scored his 22nd Test hundred and second double-hundred of his career. He also brought up a thousand runs in 2017. He has now done it four consecutive times. <p></p> <p></p>Speaking to<em> cricket.com.au</em>, Ponting said: You look at the other better players in the world; India s Virat Kohli is on a pretty high pedestal but then you look at Joe Root and Kane Williamson, as far as I m concerned those guys don t match up to Steven Smith and I ve said that for a long time. <p></p> <p></p>He further went on to hand England an advice on how to get Smith out. <p></p> <p></p>He added: I even had England players come to me this morning saying Just give us something on Smith. What are we going to bowl to Smith? And I said, Look, one, I m not going to tell you. And two, I don t know anyway because it seems like he s got every base covered ." <p></p> <p></p>Ponting also went to say that Smith could have been invincible if he played in the era of Timeless Tests. <p></p> <p></p>He said: You look at his wagon wheel, he s got boundaries almost all around the ground and there s no obvious weakness and with his appetite for runs that he s got he ll just keep batting forever. Imagine him back in the day when there were Timeless Tests he would ve just batted forever!