Steve Smith scores first century after 546 days
Steve Smith ends century drought, scores his first century in 546 days
The former Australian captain Steve Smith is back in action. Steve returned with a bang by scoring a hundred in the opening innings of the second Test against Sri Lanka, breaking an 18-month century drought. On the first day of the Test, Smith was undefeated at 109 at stumps with Australia comfortably ahead of the home team at 298/5. Australia chose to bat first after winning the toss. But because they lost David Warner early, they didn't get off to a strong start. Warner scored only 5 runs out of 13 balls. Marnus Labuschagne entered the game at position three and scored 104 runs off 156 balls. Usman Khawaja soon left after scoring 37.
Steve Smith then entered at the fourth position but was struggling with his form. He then decided to halt and spend some time in the midst. With his hard work and perseverance, he scored a stunning century and was able to match Joe Root's record of 28 Test hundreds. On January 21, Smith last scored a ton, 16 innings ago. So, after a protracted dry spell, he now gets some luck.
When it comes to centuries scored in the longest format of the game, Smith has also eclipsed the Indian run machine, Virat Kohli. From 121 Tests, Root has scored 28 hundred. Kane Williamson has 24 tons from 88 games whereas Smith has 28 from 87 Tests. Whereas Kohli has 27 centuries from 102 games. He last smashed a century in a Test against Bangladesh in November 2019. While supporters wait for Kohli 2.0 to load, Root and Smith are in the lead among present greats in terms of centuries.
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