Ricky Ponting    Getty Images
Ricky Ponting Getty Images

Steven Smith who scored a brilliant 141* in Australia s first innings in the first Ashes 2017-18 Test at The Gabba has impressed the former Australian captain Ricky Ponting. Ponting in an interview to cricket.com.au has opened about how Smith can break his tally of 41 Test hundreds.

On Smith s threat

Hopefully it s (my record) in danger, I d love to see that. If he keeps going like he is, he s going to catch me in four or five years. It s well and truly in danger. What we re seeing is potentially one of, if not the best batsman that the game has ever seen.

On Smith s impact on team s morale

Since the last Ashes series finished (in 2015), all he (Steve Smith) would have been thinking about would be to have an impact at the start of this next series. All his preparation, all his hard work, all his thinking has come to fruition over the 514 mins he was out there batting. It s fantastic to see a skipper lead from the front when the team needed him the most and that ll inspire some of the young guys in the side as well. To see your skipper stand up like that in a critical moment, all of those guys will learn something from it.

Smith’s Test average reads a staggering 61.23. Australia are currently 56 runs away from gaining a 1-0 lead heading into Day 5 of The Gabba Test.