Steve Smith a better Test batsman than Virat Kohli says Shane Warne

Vastavam web: Spin legend Shane Warne has rated Steve Smith as a better Test batsman than India captain Virat Kohli, saying when it comes to five day game the Australia skipper “is the man”.Warne has listed his top 11 batsmen from those he has either seen or played with or against.”To me Steve Smith is the best Test batsman in the world,” he wrote in his News Corp column.

“Virat Kohli is the best across all three formats of the game, but across five days, Steve Smith is the man.” Kohli’s dismal tour of England in 2014 was the reason behind Warne’s assesment. On the contrary, Smith has made three away Ashes hundreds and averages 43.31 in the UK.”I don’t assess greatness by stats, but rather by the way someone played the game, the way they influenced results and the impact they had on all of us,” he wrote.”The hole in Kohli’s CV on the Test match stage is in England and the pressure is on the fiery but very likeable Indian to carry over some double-ton magic from home soil to that country when his team tours next year.”

In the list, Warne has placed West Indian legends Viv Richards and Brian Lara at the first and second positions respectively, while Sachin Tendulkar is placed third.Next on his list are three Australians in Greg Chappell, Ricky Ponting and Allan Border, followed by South Africans Jacques Kallis and AB de Villiers at seven and nine respectively.