Steve Smith has made a historic return to Test cricket scoring two consecutive hundreds in the first Ashes Test against England at Edgbaston. The former Aussie skipper has led his side from the front and kept them in the hunt in the first match. Following his spectacular show, many former cricketers have lauded the greatness of the Australian batsman. Recently, former English cricketer, Rob Key rated Smith better than the India skipper Virat Kohli.

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Bowling first, England reduced Australia to 35 for three in the morning session of day one of the first Test. But Steve Smith resisted well and steadied the ship for his side. He batted with tailender to help the Aussies post a challenging total of 284 runs on the scoreboard. Smith was the tenth man out after scoring 144 runs from 219 balls including 16 boundaries and two sixes. Smith backed it with another century in the second innings to help Australia gain a significant lead in the second innings.

Rob Key. Credit: Getty Images.

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Steve Smith’ brilliance has earned him praise from all quarters. Former England batsman Rob Key hailed Smith calling him the best batsman in the business over India skipper Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper will be leading his country in the two-match Test series next against West Indies starting from August 22. Kohli has been a consistent scorer and is currently top-ranked Test batsman.

“That’s official then. Steve Smith is better than kohli,” Rob Key tweeted. 

Meanwhile, Rob Key’s comments on Twitter didn’t go well with the Indian and Virat Kohli’s fans. They took on the former batsman and slammed his badly for his comments on Virat Kohli.

Here is how Twitter reacted to Rob Key’s remarks: