Australia vs India: Twitter Lauds Steve Smith After He Ends Century Drought With Stunning Ton At SCG
/

Australia vs India: Twitter Lauds Steve Smith After He Ends Century Drought With Stunning Ton At SCG

Steve Smith
Steve Smith (Credits: Twitter)

Steve Smith, on Friday, finally ended his century drought in Tests by scoring a fine ton in the ongoing third Test against India at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The former Australia skipper was under pressure to deliver in the ongoing game after failing miserably in the first two Tests where he registered scores of 1, 1*, 0 and 8.

Steve Smith’s 27th Test ton came after 490 days. He had not scored a Test hundred since his Ashes-sealing double century at Old Trafford in September 2019. The right-handed batsman had failed to reach triple figures in 14 Test innings since his Ashes ton- the longest drought he had encountered since bringing up his first ton in 2013.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

The century from Steve Smith was also the first one by an Australian against India since 2017. Incidentally, Smith was the one who had scored that ton when he reached the triple-digit mark against India during the Dharamsala Test in 2017. Starting the day on 31, the batting star did not look in any sort of trouble while facing the Indian bowlers who continued to strike at regular intervals at the other end.

Marnus Labuschagne was the first wicket to ball with the batsman missing a well-deserved ton by 9 runs. Ravindra Jadeja was the bowler who provided India their first breakthrough. Jadeja struck again to remove Matthew Wade for 13. Jasprit Bumrah then sent back Cameron Green (0) and Tim Paine (1) cheaply to reduce Australia to 255 for 6.

Pat Cummins departed without opening his account too. Steve Smith, however, held firm from his end and went on to complete his century off 201 balls. His innings finally ended when he was run out for 131. He was the last Australian wicket to fall as the hosts finished their innings on 338. Meanwhile, the cricketing fraternity was quick to praise Steve Smith for his fine knock.

Here are some of the reactions:

Also Read: Disappointed Shane Warne Slams Rishabh Pant For Claiming Will Pucovski’s Catch After Dropping It

Also Read: Australia vs India: Concerned Glenn McGrath Questions David Warner’s Fitness