Steve Smith is back in action after a long wait. He is showing his strength with the bat and leading his team in a really crucial situation. 1st test match of Ashes 2019 is all about Steve’s redemption in numbers. Steve has scored 2 big hundred in a single Test match 144 in his first inning and 142 in his second inning.
2 Big Hundred By Steve Smith In 1st Test Ashes 2019
It was Travis Head and Peter Siddle who supported him in the first inning so that Australia came out of big trouble as Top and middle order was totally ruined by English Bowlers on Day 1. Still, Steve Smith played a dependable knock of 144 runs for his team under pressure. Travis scored 35a and tailender Siddle scored 44 runs in the first inning. Australia ended their first inning total for just 284 runs.
England started their batting with an early loss of Jason Roy’s wicket. Later, Rory Burns and Joe Root stabilized their batting. They made a partnership of 132 runs. Joe Root and Ben Stokes scored decent fifties and Rory Burns converted his exceptional knock into his maiden century. English team got all out at a total of 374 runs.
Australian top-order yet again scattered early but this time Usman Khawaja and Steve Smith got the solution early to took their score back on track. After the dismissal of Khawaja (40 runs), Travis Head came in to support Smith yet again. Head also scored 51 runs and lost his wicket to Ben Stokes. Mathew Wade came in as a bonus for Australian Team and made a quiet good partnership with Steve Smith of 126 runs.
Steve Smith, who was looking really dangerous after scoring 140 runs again lost his wicket on a tired drive outside off against Chris Woakes, who had worked tirelessly all session, was how it all ended. Smith now had 10 Ashes hundreds, the third-most ever and at par with Steve Waugh. He also reached 25 centuries, becoming the second quickest behind Don Bradman to the landmark. Australia declared their inning on 487 runs with a loss of 7 wickets.
It’s an interesting path ahead for Australia. Declaring for around 300 against an England team brimming with shot-makers is a risk but they will need time to bowl England out on this new-ball pitch and two-and-a-half sessions may not be enough.