Former South African veteran all-rounder Jacques Kallis has praised Australian devastating batsman Steven Smith, recognizing the remarkable resemblance between the Test captain and ex-South African skipper Graeme Smith, who both lead without favour or fear.
Graeme Smith achieved the record for most Test wins that is 53, and 109 matches as captain where as Steven Smith is the first Test skipper to post tons in his initial three starts in charge.
News.com.au reported Jacques Kallis, who with Steven is the only batsmen to make a hundred in every Test of a 4 match series against India, said that the Australian has had a very victorious season and the type of character that fights for everything and does not give an inch in the field.
Jacques Kallis ravaged 712 runs at 178.00 strike rate against Brian Lara‘s unfortunate Jamaican unit during 2003-2004 span, exceeded by Steven Smith’s 769 runs against India this summer.
Jacques Kallis said that he sees a shining future for Steven Smith and victorious captaincy. Graeme Smith became South Africa’s youngest skipper at the age of 22 but scored double tons in his 3rd and 4th Tests as skipper in England during 2003.
Steven Smith is the current Australian captain in Test ranks. The New South Welshman shares a self-belief built on his captaincy by remarkable on-field act with Graeme Smith who retired after South Africa’s Test series defeat to Australia in March.
Jacques Kallis said that both the Smiths that is Graeme and Steven are very much identical, taking over then trying to do the captaincy from the front. He added that Steven is an aggressive, positive thinking type of person and he trusts it would be good for Australian cricket.