Australia batsman Steve Smith smashed his third Test double hundred, reaching the mark off 310 balls in the first innings of fourth Ashes Test today. Interestingly, each of Smith's three double tons has come in Ashes, with the first two coming in 2015 and 2017. Only Don Bradman has hit more Test double tons for Australia against England than Smith.
Smith continued his outstanding Ashes form, striking an unbeaten 60 as Australia recovered from another failure by their openers to reach 170-3 at the close of the rain-affected first day of the fourth test against England at Old Trafford on Wednesday. In the meanwhile, Australia’s Steve Smith was interrupted by a beach ball on first day of the fourth Ashes Test. He did what he does best, and swung the ball towards the boundary fence.
Australia batsman Steve Smith smashed his 26th hundred in Test cricket after reaching the three-figure mark off 160 deliveries in the first innings of the fourth Ashes Test. Smith reached 26 hundred in 121 innings, overtaking Sachin Tendulkar (136 innings) to become the second-fastest batsman to score 26 Test hundreds. The record is held by Don Bradman (69 innings).
After Australia batsman Steve Smith slammed his 26th Test hundred, former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar tweeted, "Complicated technique but an organised mindset is what sets Steve Smith apart. Incredible comeback!" Meanwhile, former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted, "Nothing but admiration for Steve Smith...We are witnessing greatness."