The former Australia skipper Steve Smith is taking batting in Test cricket to a whole new level and making it look so easy. The cricketer announced his arrival from the injury with another century in Manchester, his third in this Ashes series.
Smith, who made a return Test cricket in this series banged two hundreds in the first Test. In the second outing he missed his 26th ton by eight runs and after missing the third Test, came back in the fourth to scale his third century of this series. Steve Smith became the second-fastest after Don Bradman to scale 26 Test hundreds.
The Aussie batsman started off from where he left off in the second Test and was concerned by the happenings around. Smith was in his element right from the start and barring the pat-back to Archer in the second over of the day and the half-chance of the run-out, later on, there was nothing he offered England. The hosts are still to chalk out an answer to get him out.
Steve Smith recently reclaimed his top-ranking in the Test from Virat Kohli. He rightly justified that he deserved the spot with a magnificent century as Australia went to lunch at 245 for five. Smith is unbeaten at 101 alongside skipper Tim Paine who has managed to score just nine.
Although England got the wickets of Travis Head and Matthew Wade but Australia dominated the morning session mainly due to Steve Smith. He walked off amidst a standing ovation from the Manchester crowd and raised briefly to acknowledge the crowd. Smith will hope to continue defy the English bowlers and post a challenging first innings total.
Steve Smith did not touch the sandpaper, he took the fall for others stupidity and actions. Courage & resilience to come back from a year of penance, then concussion, to face Pace and hostility & make another ashes century, has to be shown full respect. #legendary
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) September 5, 2019
— Tom Moody (@TomMoodyCricket) September 5, 2019
— simon hughes (@theanalyst) September 5, 2019
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 5, 2019
Among all Test nations, across 142 years, only Don Bradman (19) has scored more Test centuries against England than Steve Smith's 11 #Ashes
— Andrew Ramsey (@ARamseyCricket) September 5, 2019
Steve Smith utterly extraordinary. Six hundreds in his last 12 innings against England, averaging 145 in this time.
— Tim (@timwig) September 5, 2019
— Damien Fleming (@bowlologist) September 5, 2019
not year long bans, not boos, not sickening blows to the neck..nothing stops Steve Smith from getting hundreds #Ashes
— Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) September 5, 2019
— R P Singh रुद्र प्रताप सिंह (@rpsingh) September 5, 2019