Hodge says Smith can score 50 Test tons

Brad Hodge predicts that Australian Test captain Steve Smith will score up to 50 Test centuries.
Brad Hodge predicts that Australian Test captain Steve Smith will score up to 50 Test centuries. DAVID MARIUZ

CRICKET: Former Australia batsman Brad Hodge says Steve Smith will score "40 or 50" Test centuries and cruise past the records of all-time greats Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting.

Australia captain Smith notched his 20th Test ton on Saturday in Dharamsala, holding the visitors' first innings together with 111.

Tendulkar leads the all-time Test hundred list, with 51 (200 games), from South Africa's Jacques Kallis (45 in 166) and Ponting (41 in 168).

Hodge said he saw no reason the 27-year-old Smith's appetite for runs would stop.

"Just supreme batsmanship, the craftsmanship of his skill is just immense," Hodge said.

"He could do 40 or 50 if he's good enough - and I think that he is, if he keeps churning them out like this.

"He's probably going at one (century) in three (Tests) at the moment so if he keeps playing till he's 35 .. 40 or 50 is not out of reach.

"He's a superstar.

"I think he'll go on to close down the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting.

"He's got time on his side, he's batting as best as he possibly could.

"Technically, he's just completely different to what we know."

Hodge also praised Smith's captaincy.

"He's leading from the front. It's what a captain of Australia is meant to do," he said.

"He's batting superbly and just showing the boys 'This is how you play?'

"He was thrust in there as captain quite early and it's not a simple job, to lead the Australian cricket team.

"But to perform the way he has with the bat, not only in Test match cricket but one-day cricket for Australia he's led the way."

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