Australia batsman Steve Smith has picked his Edgbaston knocks in 2019 Ashes as his most memorable and favourite performance. The Test was his first since his return to international cricket after the sandpaper gate in 2018. In the wake of the controversy, he and David Warner were banned for a year by Cricket Australia.
Before that Edgbaston Test in August 2019, Steve Smith had not played any first-class cricket either since being banned in March 2018. The cricket world was expecting that the former Australia skipper would take some time before settling down in the most challenging format of the game.
But Steve Smith, who was the top-ranked Test batsman from 2015 to 2018, hit the ground running and scored centuries in both the innings of the Edgbaston Test. Widely regarded as the best Test batsman in the world, he scored 144 in the first innings before backing it up with a scintillating knock of 142 in the second innings.
In the process, he joined an exclusive club of just five Australians to score twin centuries in an Ashes Test. Australia, who were reeling at 122 for 8 in the first innings of that match, went on to win the game by 251 runs.
Steve Smith recalled his Edgbaston knocks while interacting with his fans on Instagram. During a question-answer session, one of his followers asked him to reveal his ‘most memorable/favourite performance’ before Steve Smith answered.
Overall, it was a series to remember for Smith. His scores in that series were 144, 142, 92, 211, 82, 80 and 23. As far as the series is concerned, it ended 2-2 as Australia retained the Ashes. Steve Smith will be seen in action soon in the upcoming home series against India.