Former Australia captain and one of the best in the business – Steve Smith has smashed another Test hundred on the Day two of the third Test between Australia and India at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Friday. This came after a run drought for him and he achieved a rare feat as well with this.
He scored his fifth slowest Test century with this. However, not only this but he has achieved a few more feats with this ton also. This was his 27th Test century and he equalled India captain Virat Kohli, Graeme Smith, and Allan Border as well. However, he took 136th innings to reach the milestone and also became the second-fastest to do so – only behind Sir Don Bradman (70 innings). It is also noteworthy that, he took five fewer innings than Virat Kohli.
His stunning century also made the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Decade with the most Test centuries against India (8) and joint-most with Sir Garfield Sobers, Viv Richards, and Ricky Ponting as well. However, his 131 took his side to a decent total of 338 after the hosts’ found themselves reducing at 255/6.
At first, he added a 100-run stand with Marnus Labhuschagne (91) and became the last victim of India as well that too came from a direct hit by Ravindra Jadeja – after successfully adding another 82 runs to their total with the tailenders. Meanwhile, this century also helped Steve Smith to find his form in the series after having seen a rough patch in the first two Tests where he could only manage the scores of 1, 1*, 0, and 8. Meanwhile, this is also his first Test century at home since 2017.
“I’m reading a lot of things people say that I’m out of form but think I think there’s a difference between out of form and out of runs,” Steve Smith told Fox Cricket at the drinks break. “Just nice to score a few and maybe keep a few people quiet.”
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