The Modern Day Bradman

Steve Smith after his 211 in fourth ashes test

Steven Smith score a mammoth total of 211 in the first innings of the fourth ashes test at old Trafford. Yes, that’s right. Australia was 28/2 once again struggling to get that strong start after the openers Warner and M Harris got out on 0 and 13 respectively. Australia was again in trouble. Labuschagne at the crease when Australia were 2 wickets down. But as we know they have Steve Smith out there to handle such situation. This time again it wasn’t different. Smith walked in and took the charge and scored a blistering double ton to take his team’s total from 28/2 to 497/8 d. Smith was caught by Stokes on J. Leach’s ball on 118 but after checking, it was found to be no ball and he continued to bat and went on to make the double century.
After a year ban, Smith was seen struggling in the limited over formats and many believed that there isn’t much left in him after such a controversial incident and break. But as soon as he wore up the white jersey for Australia the same nightmare turned out to be the fairy tale for him. After his return to test cricket, he scored 142, 144, 92, 211. His total is 589 runs at an average of 147.25. He also retained back the No. 1 spot in the test rankings from Viart Kohli couple of days back. This has been form for him. And becomes even more respectable after he was hit by a nasty bouncer and has to be substituted in the second innings of second test and rest for the third test. Smith with his this double ton takes his tally to 3 ashes double tons and and 11th century against England. He is also the only Aussie batsman to score double century in England in last 25 years. Smith averages 93.64 in the first innings of tests, just behind the great Sir Bradman (113.66). Overall also he is the second after Bradman’s 99.94 with his 64.64 average in tests. On a whole, Smith has shown that why he is the best in the tests. Virat Kohli is definitely the best batsman currently across all formats of the game but in particularly one format i.e. tests Smith is getting marginally ahead of Kohli to be called the modern day Bradman.

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