Steve Smith continued his welcome return to type for Australia elevating his twenty seventh Test century off 201 balls within the third Test in opposition to India in Sydney. In what was his fifth slowest Test ton, the right-hander equaled the file for many Test lots of (8) in opposition to India.
After being unable to achieve three figures in 2020, the brand new 12 months has began with a bang for the Australian whose twenty seventh Test century helped him go degree with Virat Kohli, Graeme Smith, and Allan Border.
He reached the landmark in his 136th innings, second-fastest to it solely after Sir Don Bradman (70 innings). Kohli reached the identical milestone in 146 innings.
The ICC Men’s Test Player of the Decade scored 131 which propelled Australia to 338.
This can be Smith’s first house Test ton since 2017.
Smith has scored 1570 Test runs in opposition to India in 25 inns (with a median of 74.76). He has additionally scored 2799 worldwide runs in opposition to India (with a median of 63.61).
The celebration mentioned simply how a lot it meant to him, and he had been made to attend for it too as he spent 20 minutes caught on 99.
Taking off his helmet, Smith swung his bat, puffed his chest, and saluted the gang earlier than his elevating his arms once more. The sheer elation felt like there was a degree to it as properly.
“I’m reading a lot of things people say that I’m out of form but think I think there’s a difference between out of form and out of runs,” Smith informed Fox Cricket on the drinks break. “Just nice to score a few and maybe keep a few people quiet.”
Smith went to stumps on day one on the SCG unbeaten on 31 and barely appeared troubled on day two.
The Indians didn’t appear to be getting him out till Ravindra Jadeja ran him out with a direct hit for 131.
The four-match Border-Gavaskar trophy sequence is at present tied at 1-1. The holder India is hoping to safe it with a victory in Sydney and Australia needing to win the sequence to reclaim it.
Australia gained the opening day-night match in Adelaide by eight wickets and India responded with an eight-wicket win in Melbourne final week.