Ashes 2019: Steven Smith Becomes First Batsman To Achieve Unique Feat
Former Australian skipper Steven Smith is in the form of his life. Smith scored a brave knock of 92 runs in the first innings of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s. Thus, the talismanic batsman became the first batsman in the Ashes history to score seven consecutive fifties. However, the right-hander missed an opportunity to score his third hundred on the trot as he misjudged the incoming delivery from Chris Woakes.
Had Smith scored eight runs more, he would have joined the likes of Indian captain Virat Kohli and former legendary batsman Sir Don Bradman who have scored three centuries on the trot.
Smith is in great form.
Meanwhile, it was once again a brilliant knock from Smith. The right-hander was tested to the limits by England gun fast bowler Jofra Archer but Smith showed the resistance to bat out the difficult period. In fact, Smith was hit on the hand by Archer’s bouncer and had required medical attention.
Subsequently, Smith was hit on the neck by Archer’s thunderbolt and had to retire hurt. However, he came back to resume his innings and added 12 runs.
The linchpin batsman had scored twin hundreds in the first Ashes Test match. Smith had scored a fine knock of 144 runs when Australia had their backs against the wall at 122-8. Furthermore, Smith followed it with another sublime knock of 142 runs to give a healthy lead of 397 to the visitors. Thus, Smith is in great form and he would like to continue in a similar fashion.
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The second Test match is heading towards the draw, however, the only team who can win the match now is Australia. England currently leads by 104 runs and they have six wickets in the bag. The final day of the Test match will be played today at Lord’s.