Australia's Smith follows Warne path

Updated: 27 June 2010 13:44 IST

Steven Smith will look to make an impact on the same ground as fellow Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne when his side face England at Old Trafford.

Australia's Smith follows Warne path

Manchester:

Steven Smith will look to make an impact on the same ground as fellow Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne when his side face England at Old Trafford in a one-day international on Sunday.

It was at Old Trafford back in 1993 where Warne, one of the greatest leg-spinners cricket has known, bowled the 'ball of the century' to dismiss Mike Gatting in an Ashes Test.

Smith, who was only four at the time, now finds himself as the only spinner in the Australia side after off-break bowler Nathan Hauritz was forced out of the five match series with a foot injury.

World champions Australia are well aware that if they lose on Sunday then Ashes holders England, who beat them in last month's World Twenty20 final, will be 3-0 up with two to play.

Many hopes now rest on the shoulders of the 21-year-old Smith, who could make his Test debut against Pakistan at Lord's next month, but the bowler himself said, that while he would have no complaints about emulating the Gatting ball, comparisons with the man who inspired him to bowl leg-spin were wide of the mark.

"It would be nice if I can bowl one of those," Smith told reporters here on Saturday. "But obviously Shane is a different spinner to me.

"He is one of a kind, and I don't think you will ever see another one like him. There is never going to be another Shane Warne."

However, Smith added: "I have had a few sessions with him and he has been great for my bowling - and I have learnt a lot from what he has done with me.

"He is in a different class to me. But Warney was the main reason I started bowling leg-spin when I was about 14 - and I learnt a lot from just watching him."

Australia may be down in the one-day series but Smith was adamant they were far from out. "You can't panic, you just have to come out and try and play better. We have not played our best cricket yet and we just have a little bit of work to do - and we are really looking forward to the contest tomorrow."

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