Steve Smith century vs Australia: The Australian batsmen became the fifth Australian batsman to score consecutive hundreds in an Ashes Test.
During the fourth day of the first Test of the ongoing 2019 Ashes series between England and Australia at Edgbaston, Australia batsman Steven Smith became the fifth Australian batsman to score consecutive hundreds in an Ashes Test (eighth overall in Ashes).
Making his Test comeback after more than 16 months, Smith made it a point to remind one and all about his credentials in cricket’s ancestral format. Playing in tough batting conditions, Smith put on display outright grit and determination in both the innings to bail Australia out from situations where they could have easily lost the match.
Coming on the back of a sublime 144 (219) with the help of 16 fours and two sixes, Smith looks set to overpower the score in the second innings. While his century in the first innings saved the match for Australia (rescuing them from 122/8 to 284/10), his century in the second innings has it in it to win the match for the visitors.
Becoming only the second batsman to achieve the feat at Edgbaston, Smith’s performance in the Test came as a fitting reply to the English crowd who were booing him since the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
Steve Smith century vs Australia
Coming in to bat at No. 4 in the 10th over last evening, Smith saved an end to finish the third day on a high. While Australia gained a 34-run lead at stumps yesterday, Smith registered a confident 46* (61). On the first delivery of the fourth over today, Smith ran a single off England fast bowler Stuart Broad to complete his half-century.
Australia co-vice-captain Travis Head batting freely came as an advantage for Smith who, for a change, seemed to not worry about the batsman at the other end. Treating deliveries according to their merit, it was in the 49th over when Smith hit England all-rounder Ben Stokes for a couple of boundaries on consecutive deliveries.
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While Head reached to his half-century in the 51st over, Smith hit consecutive boundaries off Joe Denly in the subsequent over. There was a time when it seemed as if Smith would complete his century before the lunch break but the 30-year old cricketer fell short by only a couple of runs.
On the third delivery which he faced post lunch, Smith hit a Broad delivery through the cover region to bring up his 25th Test century amidst standing ovation from the crowd. At the time of writing this article, Smith has crossed the 140-run mark for the second time in the match and has put his team in the driver’s seat.
Click on the next page (below) to know the names of other Australian batsmen who have scored consecutive centuries in an Ashes Test.