Steve Smith Equals This Big Record Of Don Bradman In Australia-West Indies First Test
Big Record Of Don Bradman: On Thursday, Steve Smith reaches his 29th Century in the first test against West Indies. He reached the three-figure mark on the 194th delivery of the match.
Steve Smith cracked his 29th Test ton on Thursday, Making level with Donald Bradman. As Australia dominated against the West Indies in the first Test at Perth Stadium. A master class Smith swept to his 29th century in 194 balls. Which equals to the feat of legendary Australian Bradman, who only played 52 Tests to Smith’s 88.
Smith is now joint 14th on the all-time list with his next target the 30 of fellow Australian Matthew Hayden and Shivnarine Chanderpaul. Whose son Tagenarine is making his debut for the West Indies in Perth. Indian Legend Sachin Tendulkar’s 51 centuries still remains the benchmark.
Talking about the Australian team, in particular, Ricky Ponting holds the record for scoring most Test centuries with 41 to his name across 168 matches. Steve Waugh is second on the list with 32 centuries from 168 matches and then comes Hayden.
Australia is dominating the ongoing first Test against West Indies in Perth.
The side had scored 293 for 2 on the first day. Before continuing the dominance on the second day as well.
Earlier, Australia skipper Pat Cummins had won the toss and opted to bat first against West Indies at the Perth Stadium.
Smith, who was unbeaten on 59 overnight, combined with fellow centurion Marnus Labuschagne for what was a 251-run partnership, the pair’s highest stand at Test level, to put Australia in a commanding position on day two.
The former Australian captain was battling a sore left hip, caused by a freak massaging mishap while using a pso-rite over the weekend.
The West Indies bowling attack has no answers for Smith, who got punched through point. Whenever there was room to play he elegantly plays through mid-wicket.
It was a vintage Smith masterclass, potentially the best in the Test arena since the 2019. His Test batting average against the West Indies currently stands above 200.
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Smith addressed the press at the lunch break.
“I’m feeling good,”
“I think the wickets just sped up a little bit today. I think there’s enough there if you put it in the right spot.”
The 33-year-old has gradually adjusted himself in a trademark over the past 12 months. Getting back to a more orthodox game during the recent ODI series against England.
He is noticeably much stiller at the crease after tinkering with his action. Movement is less exaggerated, allowing his feet, hands and torso to synchronize more effectively, particularly when on the back foot.
“I’ve started to get rhythm in my batting, something I’ve lacked for a while now,” Smith told reporters in Perth on Sunday.
“I feel like I’m in a good place … I’m excited to hopefully spend a lot of time in the middle this summer.”
According to Labuschagne.
But these ongoing technical changes are inconsequential.
“I don’t think it matters how Steve Smith bats, he’s going to find a way to score runs,” he told reporters on Wednesday evening.
” Give it twelve months, there’s certain to be something different.
“Everyone’s changing and trying to get better and sometimes you go down different loopholes and different feel, but this is what’s feeling really good for him at this stage.”