Australia batsman Steve Smith continued his fine run of form in Ashes 2019, hitting his 3rd hundred of the series in the 4th Test against England at Old Trafford, Manchester on Thursday.
Steve Smith also went past Virat Kohli on the list of batsmen with most hundreds in Test cricket with his 26th 3-figure score, 1 more than the India captain.
Smith has got to 26 Test hundreds in just 67 Tests while Virat Kohli has taken 79 Tests for 25 hundreds. Smith is at the joint-19th position along with legendary Gary Sobers on the list of most hundreds in the longest format of the game. India’s Sachin Tendulkar is on top of the list with 51 Test hundreds.
Meanwhile, Steve Smith also went past Mark Waugh to the third spot for the most number of hundreds in Ashes. Smith has 11 hundreds from just 26 Ashes Tests, 1 less than England’s Jack Hobbs and 8 less than batting legend, Sir Don Bradman.
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26th Test hundred for Steve Smith what a player!
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Steve Smith leaves Virat Kohli behind
Only recently Steve Smith dethroned Virat Kohli from the top spot of ICC Test rankings. Smith needed only 2 Tests following a year-long ball-tampering ban to become the No. 1 Test batsman in the world. Smith has now scored 6 hundreds in his last 12 innings against England, completely dominating the Ashes battle between the two teams in the recent past.
Smith has been in imperious form in the ongoing Ashes series. He set the tone for Australia as early as the first Test in Edgbaston with twin hundreds. Smith followed it up with 92 at Lord’s before he was hit by a vicious bouncer by Jofra Archer.
Smith was ruled out of the 2nd innings in Manchester with delayed concussion and he was forced to miss the Leeds Test that England won by a run and went on level the 5-Test series.
Smith never looked like he was out of action for more than 2 weeks as he looked silky in his stroke-filled innings in Manchester. Smith joined Marnus Labuschange, his concussion substitute from the Lord’s Test, when Australia had lost their openers early but the two batsmen added 116 for the 3rd-wicket to rebuild Australia’s innings.
Smith began Day 2 of the Manchester Test on an overnight score of 60 and looked busy from the word go. He took on Jofra Archer and got some quick runs before getting to the 3-figure mark before the Lunch.
It is safe to say Steve Smith has dominated the much-anticipated battle between him and Jofra Archer in the ongoing Test in Manchester. In fact, a few words were exchanged between the two in the lead up to the 4th Test.
Steve Smith had played down the Jofra Archer threat and he has certainly lived up to his words by being spotless on the crease.
“There’s been a bit of talk that he’s got the wood over me, but he hasn’t actually got me out. He hit me on the head on a wicket that was a bit up and down at Lord’s. All the other bowlers have had more success against me, I daresay. I’ve faced them a bit more, but they’ve all got me out a lot more,” Smith had said.