After a below-par individual performance in the 2021-22 Ashes series, Steve Smith is hoping to bounce back and has received support from former Australia captain Ricky Ponting. The 32-year-old was only able to record 244 runs at an average of 30.50. Despite his poor form, other players stepped up and Australia cruised to a 4–0 victory against England. Speaking to cricket.com.au, Ponting said: “The standards that he set for himself for so long, during that three or four year period where he took batting to another level, trying to maintain it for four or five or six years no one has ever done it, and probably no one ever will.”
“You’re going to have your ups and downs and if he’s averaging (in the thirties) in Australia after a couple of lean years, most other batsmen would accept that.”
Explaining why Smith’s poor form, Ponting stated: “I know what he is like and he will look back even though Australia have won the series… he will look back at his own game, break it down and ask himself those questions.” . as to why things haven’t worked out as much as he would have liked.”
“He will give the right answers because the best players are the best problem solvers, and if he has a problem… then he will solve it pretty quickly.”
The legendary cricketer also noted that the likes of Marnus Labuschagne have contributed, which has reduced the pressure on Smith.
“The other interesting dynamic with (Smith) is the Marnus factor and even other guys that have come in and dominated like he did,” he said.
“There are other guys who are helping now.”
The Ashes series also saw Travis Head hit two centuries after a Covid-19 outbreak and he also won the Player of the Series award. Meanwhile, even Cameron Green received a lot of praise for his overall skills.