The Australian coach Justin Langer appreciated Steve Smith’s approach in T20Is. Praising Smith for his impressive knock of 80*, which helped Australia to 1-0 lead in T20I series against Pakistan, he said, in a recent interview, “He played beautifully, we know how good a player he is. He loves batting, full-stop. He wants to be out there. I think Manuka Oval is an amazing cricket ground, it was a great batting wicket and Steven (Smith) certainly took advantage.”
Smith amassed more than 700 runs in the 5 match series against England as he announced his comeback to test cricket.
Langer added, “Smith’s greatest strength is his ability to solve problems, whether it’s in Test cricket or T20 cricket. That’s where he’s so good at, the best players in the world do it. The best players adapt to white or red ball, or twenty-over or Test cricket.”
However, Langer felt Smith could improve his rankings in the shorter formats too looking at the way he’s been recently playing.
Langer concluded by saying, “Hopefully, he gets ranked one in all three formats, I think he’ll be aspiring to do that. His Test series in England was incredible, his 90 (sic) in the semi-final of the World cup was incredible and the innings he played last night was sublime. He’s getting better and better which is greater for Australian cricket.”