3) Steve Waugh (1997)
What Smith did at Edgbaston in 2019, current Australia mentor Steve Waugh had done it in 1997 at Old Trafford. After Australia captain Mark Taylor won the toss and chose to bat, Waugh scoring dual centuries played a vital role in Australia’s 268-run victory in the third Test to level the series 1-1.
Coming in to bat at 42/3 in the first inning, Waugh played a lone hand with what otherwise was a surrender in front of the English bowlers. Before becoming the second-last Australian batsman to get out, Waugh ended up scoring his 13th Test century, 108 (174), with the help of 13 fours.
An inspired spell from legendary spinner Shane Warne (30-14-48-6) saw Australia getting a 67-run lead in the first innings. A much better performance from the visitors’ lower order in the second half batted England out of the game.
Having said that, it was Waugh who stole the limelight yet again with his 14th Test century. Coming in to bat at 39/3 this time, Waugh ended up scoring 116 (271) with the help of 10 fours.