Manchester : After a concussion suffered in the second test of the ongoing Ashes series as a rising ball from the opponent bowler hit him hard, Australian batsman Steven Smith returned back to the scene in Test cricket with his smashing double ton against England yesterday. The world’s top-ranked Test batsman went to his third double hundred at this level, and third against England in 310 balls including 22 fours and two sixes with a legside two off Stuart Broad (3-97).
Steven was eventually out for 211 when a reverse sweep off England captain and occasional spinner Joe Root’s leg-break was caught by Joe Denly at what had been backward point.
This was the third time this Ashes he had reached three figures following scores of 144 and 142 in the first Test at Edgbaston, with his lowest total of the series being 92 he made at Lord’s.
Steven Smith also becomes the first player to score 500 plus runs in three successive Ashes series.
The ton was Smith’s 11th in Ashes cricket. The 30 year old right hander had looked more frenzied than usual at the crease after lunch and had already had a moment of fortune when he skied the ball high into the offside.