Tim Paine lauds Steve Smith on his consistency

Published: Jul 22, 2019, 11:09 IST | mid-day online desk

Steve Smith and David Warner made a comeback to the team after serving a one year ban for ball-tampering during a Test series in South Africa last year.

Tim Paine lauds Steve Smith on his consistency
Steve Smith

Australian Test captain Time Paine praise incoming former captain Steve Smith on his consistency, saying a Test average of more than 6o is not possible if he does not have a plan on the field.

"You don't become one of the best players in the world and average 60 in Test cricket if you don't have some sort of a mission," cricket.com.au quoted Paine as saying.

"The boys have been having a bit of a laugh the last couple of days because nothing's changed - he's hit a million balls and our coach's arm is falling off already on day two of the trip," he added.

Steve Smith and David Warner made a comeback to the team after serving a one year ban for ball-tampering during a Test series in South Africa last year.

However, Paine believes that these three players have fitted perfectly with the group, saying the work ethic of both these players is second to none.

"It's great to see that him, and David (Warner) and Cameron Bancroft have come back in and fitted perfectly in our group," Paine said.

"They are guys who have always trained at exceptionally high standards and set the standard for others. The three of them have been outstanding since they've been back and involved," he added.

Smith is currently ranked at the number four position in the ICC Test batsmen rankings, and he holds the highest ranking for any Australia batter in the rankings, despite having played his last Test in 2018.

Paine said that he would be regularly approaching Smith for getting advice on making tactics in the pressure cooker situations.

"We get some practice games, and we get another really good one this week, but to have guys who have been here is hugely beneficial. We've had guys who have come on Ashes tours before and we've got our coach (Langer), our assistant coach (Hick), and (Test squad mentor) Steve Waugh," Paine said.

David Warner personally had a very good World Cup 2019, scoring more than 500 runs and consistently taking his team over the line during the tournament.

Australia takes on England in the Ashes, beginning August 1. A lot of players from both teams consider the Ashes on par with World Cup in terms of importance and will go all out to win the series.

With inputs from ANI

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