Steve Smith has Tendulkar like desire to score run: Steve Waugh
Former Australia captain Steve Waugh thinks the new Aussie skipper Steve Smith has the same desire to score runs as India’s legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
Smith, who took over the reins of Australia team from Micahel Clarke after the Ashes defeat as the World winning captain bid adieu cricket, is still fumbling which number he should bat in the longest format of the game.
Smith has been prolific in the last 18 months. The right-handed batsman moved to the number three position against the West Indies in June when Australia were touring the Carribean. And he continued to bat at the same position.
Smith will lead Australia in the upcoming two-match Test series in Bangladesh next month as a full-fledged captain. But, he said that he is confused about where he would bat in the Test in the future. Waugh, however, backed his fellow New South Welshman to shine if he bats at no. 3.
Waugh told Cricinfo: “I don’t mind him batting at number three. He is improving all the time. His last year has been quite phenomenal. His technique will tighten up a bit. But, he has got a great eye and he has got a good placement of the ball. Never seen a batsman hit the gaps as well as he does. He has got really good hands and that compensates perhaps for his footwork not being as sharp as some of the other players. “He is not technically a perfect player, but he has got that inner desire to score more runs, a bit like a Tendulkar. Once he gets a hundred he wants to go on and get a big score every time.“