Steve Smith
Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Australian Test batsman Steve Smith got off to a hot start against the West Indies in Perth’s Optus Stadium, scoring a century. Steve’s 29th Test century brought his total up to par with the illustrious Sir Donald Bradman, who is largely regarded as the best batsman to ever play the game.

On Day 2, Smith hit the landmark after taking a single and driving off Roston Chase’s left-arm spin. He also reached 29 Test hundreds for the third-fastest time, doing it in 155 innings.

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Steve Smith
Steve Smith. Image: Twitter

After Australia won the toss and elected to bat first, the New South Wales opening commenced play on 59.

Nevertheless, his remarkable 251-run partnership with Marnus Labuschagne came to an end quickly as Smith reached the triple digits before lunch. The visiting captain Kraigg Brathwaite dismissed Labuschagne for 204 after he reached his second double-hundred in Test matches.

Marnus Labuschagne And Steve Smith
Marnus Labuschagne And Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

On Day 1, Smith and Usman Khawaja scored 142 runs together after David Warner was soundly dismissed by Jayden Seales.

It will be intriguing to watch Australia’s strategy for the remainder of the Test given their seven-wicket advantage.

“We enjoy batting together”: Steve Smith

Smith commended Labuschagne for his knock and observed that the deck had gotten quicker before heading out to lunch at 114 without being beat.

After Bradman equaled his century total, he also praised Bradman. Veteran batter’s statement to host broadcaster:

Steve Smith, Test
Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

“It was a wonderful partnership; we enjoyed batting together. He pitched a fantastic inning. Unfortunately, I was nicked in the end. The pitch has sped up slightly, and wickets are possible if balls are bowled in the proper spots. Bradman, who retired at the age of 29, was the greatest player to ever play the game. Hopefully, there will be a few more.”

Steve Smith is currently the 4th in the all-time Australian list and joint 15th in the overall list for most centuries in Test cricket. While India great Sachin Tendulkar tops the list with 51 hundred, former Australia captain Ricky Ponting tops the list for Aussies with 41 tons.

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