new Delhi: Former Australia captain Steve Waugh had warned England before the Ashes series that he would not take Steve Smith lightly. Waugh said that Smith is desperate to return and that can be a big deal for England. Smith, while proving Steve's case correct, has brought Australia back from the back foot in the first Test of the Ashes series, driving it to the driving seat. He not only made two centuries in this match but also made many records in his name.
The first Test of the Ashes 2019 between Australia and England is being played from August 1. Australia played the first innings of the match. He scored 284 runs. They had 144 runs from Steven Smith. Smith smashed eight wickets for 122 runs to reach Australia 284 runs In reply, England scored 374 in their first innings and added 90 runs.
Australian opener could not start well in the second innings. So Australia came under pressure again. When Steve Smith came to bat, Australia had lost the second wicket for 27 runs. Smith took charge from here and then scored a hundred. They scored 142 runs. He was the fifth Australian to be dismissed in the second innings At that time, Australia's score was 331/5 and it was a 241-run lead over England. That is, Smith's batting has led Australia to a victory over the brink of defeat.
Kohli equals 25 centuries
This is Smith's 25th Test century. Along with that, he has equated 25 centuries with Virat Kohli. Steve is the second after Don Bradman in terms of making 25 centuries in the shortest innings. Bradman has 68 and Smith has done 119 innings. Virat Kohli is at number three in this case by making 25 centuries in 127 innings.
17 centuries in both innings
This is just the eighth chance in the Ashes series when a batsman has scored a hundred in both innings. Earlier this chance came 17 years ago. Then in 2002 Matthew Hayden of Australia made centuries in both innings of a match. Apart from Smith and Hayden, apart from Warren Burdsley, Herbert Sutflick, Volley Hammond, Dennis Compton, Arthur Morris and Steve Ashes have made centuries in both innings of a match in the series.
Smith is returning after the ban
Steve Smith had been banned for one year on charges of ball-tampering in the Test match against South Africa last year. They are returning after the bay. This is his first Test match after returning. Apart from Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were also found guilty of ball tampering. Both of them were also banned. Both of them are also returning to Test cricket.