2) Matthew Hayden (2002)
Another special feature of Smith’s dual hundreds in an Ashes Test is the fact that he achieved the feat after as many as 17 years. The last time an Australian batsman did the same was way back in 2002 when Matthew Hayden took centrestage in Brisbane to ensure a 384-run Australian victory in the first Ashes Test.
Opening the batting with current coach Justin Langer, Hayden had dominated proceedings at the Gabba as the hosts scored 364/2 at Stumps – Day 1. Hayden might have added only 11 runs on Day 2 but his 10th Test century reminds of a match-winning 197 (268) with the help of 25 fours and two sixes.
Having gained a 167-run lead in the first innings, Australia’s position in the match was further strengthened when Hayden smashed another century on Day 4. A 153-run partnership for the third wicket alongside Damien Martyn (64) made the hosts as the favourites.
Continuing from where he left in the first innings, Hayden scored 103 (152) with the help of 13 fours and a six to pile on the agony on the English bowlers.