The juggernaut called Steve Smith continues to torment England in the ongoing Ashes. While the world was speculating that Smith would struggle in the ongoing fourth Test after the bouncer blow that made him miss the second innings of the second Test and the third Test, the former Australia skipper has done even better.
Steve Smith, who registered scores of 144, 142 and 92 in his previous three innings of this series, scored a sublime double century in the ongoing game. Starting the day on 60, Smith brought up his 26th Test ton five minutes before lunch. It was his eleventh Ashes ton which is the second most by an Australian, with Don Bradman leading the way with 19.
By the time the second session ended, Steve Smith had notched up 173. He also had some lady luck on his side. Smith would have departed for 118 shortly after lunch having edged Jack Leach to slip but he got a reprieve when replays showed the bowler had overstepped. Before that, Jofra Archer had also missed a catch off his own bowling while Smith was yet to reach his century.
But then again, fortune favours the brave and Smith made the most of it. He went on to score his third double century in Tests. Remarkably, all three of Smith’s double centuries have been scored against England. Steve Smith brought up his double century off 310 balls when he whipped a full delivery from Craig Overton past mid-on. In the process, he also became the first Australian since Allan Border in 1981-85 to score 500+ runs in consecutive Ashes series in England.
Steve Smith brings up a superb double hundred 💪
It's his third in Test cricket and his third against England. His Test average is now above 65 😱
— ICC (@ICC) September 5, 2019
The cricketing world, nonetheless, was once again amazed at Smith’s sheer consistency and could not help but lavish praise on him. Here are some of the reactions:
A pleasure to watch .. Hate saying that about an Aussie but you can only admire a player with so much skill,discipline,concentration & ridiculous hand eye coordination !!! @stevesmith49 you are a Freak .. #Ashes #200
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) September 5, 2019
Steve Smith missed Test cricket.
But Test cricket missed him a lot more. He’s back and how. Double Ton. Legend. #TheAshes
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) September 5, 2019
— Mark Chapman (@markchapman) September 5, 2019
He missed the last test, so he’s made up for those lost hundreds by making a double hundred in this test. Coz Steve Smith is a run robot 🤖 #Ashes 🙌
— Gaurav Kapur (@gauravkapur) September 5, 2019
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) September 5, 2019
Remarkable fact: Steve Smith is the leading Test run scorer this year. BUT, he only started last month and has only played 3 matches. Compared to the next best, Ben Stokes, who has played 7 matches already.
— Moiz Amjad (@moizamj) September 5, 2019
In case you missed this seriously excellent statistic….. Steve Smith has scored the most runs in Test Cricket this calendar year despite giving the rest of the world 7 months head start. Absolute genius.
— stu macgill (@scgmacgill) September 5, 2019
Well batted Smudge. Test double hundreds are never easy….
— Jason Gillespie 🌱 (@dizzy259) September 5, 2019
He was batting star, now reborn a batting superstar!! Take a bow @stevesmith49 WHAT AN INNINGS!! Just amazing!!
— Robin Aiyuda Uthappa (@robbieuthappa) September 5, 2019