Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is hopeful of Steve Smith finding form very soon after what has been a struggle this far for the former Australian skipper. Smith has scored just 10 runs in the four innings of the test series so far, which includes a duck as well. On Day 3 of the MCG Test, Sith was unlucky to be dismissed down the leg from a Jasprit Bumrah delivery. His wicket exposed the weak Australian middle-order which failed to live up to the pressure of soring runs.
Meanwhile, talking to Cricket.com.au. Ricky Ponting said that Smith will get over his indifferent form soon. Ponting further said that Steve Smith are one of the greats of the game and the greats are expected to get through a lean patch sooner rather than later.
Australia Need Steve Smith To Stand Up: Ricky Ponting
“He’s not having much go his way at the moment. I think he would have liked to have his time over with his first-inning dismissal here, he would have played that differently. But he’s one of the all-time greats of the game – everyone is allowed to have a few bad games here and there. The one thing I do know is that Australia need Steven Smith to stand up, especially against this bowling attack India have” Ponting told cricket.com.au.
Steve Smith came into this test match with a brilliant record in previous Boxing-Day Tests. In his seven Boxing Day Tests, before this one, the right-hander has scored 908 runs at 113.50 with four centuries and three other scores more than 50. At his home ground in Sydney, his next best average at home, he has an average of 67.88. However, in this innings, he was done by a Bumrah delivery which took his thigh pad and disturbed the leg back to send him back to the pavillion.