Steven Smith Points Out Similarities Between Himself And Kane Williamson
Australia’s former skipper Steven Smith believes that there is a lot of similarities between him and New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. Both of these talisman batsmen are the best in the world. Smith is currently ranked at the second place whereas Williamson is hot on Australian heels in the third place. Both of these players have a terrific work ethic and their hunger to get better is insatiable.
Smith is known to be the most hard-working batsman and there is no doubt that he is obsessed with his batting. Similarly, Williamson is one of the most technically correct batsmen in the world. The New Zealand skipper is known to play the ball late which gives him extra time while facing the quicks.
Both Smith and Williamson are world-class batsmen.
“Terrific work ethic, a good eye and plenty of time,” Smith was quoted as saying by ICC. “I think he has loads of time against quick bowling. He is a quality player and hopefully, we can keep him quiet this series.”
Smith feels that he and Williamson have a similar grip on the bat. Williamson has done a fine job for the Kiwis and he would like to be at his best in the upcoming series against Australia.
“I think we actually hold the bat reasonably similarly,” he said. “He has got quite a closed grip. I like that in Test cricket personally. It just helps to play the ball a bit later and I think (Williamson) plays it a bit later than anybody else in the world … He plays the ball incredibly late, he is patient.”
The first Test match between Australia and New Zealand will take place at the Perth Stadium from 12th December. Consequently, Steven Smith and Kane Williamson will be a battle within a battle to watch out for. Both the right-handers will like to be at their best and deliver the goods for their team. Smith had a quiet series against Pakistan and he would like bounce back in style.
On the other hand, Kane Williamson scored 159 runs in the three innings he played against England recently. The linchpin scored a fine century in the second innings of the second Test to help his team draw the Test match.
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