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AUS vs WI: Steve Smith smacks 29th Test century, tallies Don Bradman’s record

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Steven smith is back at doing what he is best at scoring runs for fun, after being dropped from the shortest format and people talking about his poor form. The veteran batter has again announced his arrival in the recently concluded ODI series against England, also the Test specialist scored a double century against west indies in the two-match series.

But after matching the legendary Don Bradman’s total of 29 Test centuries for Australia, the unconventional batter has further elevated his stature as one of the most incredible red-ball batters of this generation. On the second day of the First Test between Australia and West Indies in Perth, he scored a century to tie the record.

Australia post 598/4 in 1st innings

On the third day of the test match both the Australian batter Steven Smith and Marnus Labuschagne scored a double century, Travis Head also added salt to the wounds of the West Indian bowlers scoring 99 runs off just 95 balls. Unfortunately, he got out on 99 and then the Australian captain Pat Cummins decided to declare the innings. The total of the Australians was 598 for the loss of 4 wickets.

In the second innings of the match where Australian pacers were looking to get some early wickets, they were undone by resistance shown by West Indian openers. Kraig Brathwaite and T Chanderpaul, son of veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul made sure that the Australian spearhead remained wicketless. The score stands at 74 runs with the loss of zero wickets.

Smith scored back-to-back half-centuries against an English team that lacked motivation despite being on a high after winning the T20 World Cup just a few nights prior. The 33-year-old struggled throughout the first day of the first Test of the series against the Windies, finishing with 59 runs before the end of the play.

On Day 2, he turned up the heat and went on to score his 29th century in red-ball cricket. Only three Australian cricketers, Matthew Hayden (30), Steve Waugh (32), and Ricky Ponting, have more centuries than him on the list of all-time centuries.

Smith scored 200* runs

The key batsman’s 29th century and a huge 251-run partnership with Marnus Labuschagne have given Australia a commanding lead in the game. The former is still going strong at the crease and aiming for his fourth double-century in Test cricket. Adam Gilchrist, a former wicketkeeper-batter for Australia, was in awe of the batting legend’s brilliance.

Steven smith started as more of a leg spinner but as time passed he became one of the finest red-ball batsmen ever. His impeccable average in test cricket is hard to catch on, also his unorthodox technique on which people has mixed opinion makes sense when he plays sublime innings like this.

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Pratik Pathak
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