Ricky Ponting (L) and Steven Smith    Getty Images
Ricky Ponting (L) and Steven Smith Getty Images

Steven Smith is on another level especially in the longer format. The opposition team has no clue how to dismiss him. In the Ashes 2017-18 series opener, Australia were in a fix. They were reduced to 76 for 4 trailing England by 226 runs. But as they say, old habits die hard Smith left the balls outside off stump, showed immense concentration and scored another blistering century to set the game for his side. Trailing 0-1, England looked desperate to see the back of Smith when he came out to bat on Day One of the second Test at Adelaide Oval.

The senior pacers, James Anderson and Stuart Broad, got involved in some verbal spats with the Australian skipper on Saturday. Nonetheless, former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting wasn’t impressed with England’s tactics. He termed that Smith is a strong character to get affected by such ploys. Here is an excerpt from Ponting

“It looked like it got (Smith) going a bit more today, I must admit. I watched him for 520 minutes last week in Brisbane and he never got outside his comfort zone at all. He was well and truly within his bubble and playing the way he wanted to play.

But today a few times he looked a bit more animated and bit more up and about, but it didn t lead to him being dismissed at that time. He is a pretty strong character, he knows his game well and I think the verbal side of things it s going to have to go to a pretty extreme level if it s going to get inside his head.”