Sachin explains why Steve Smith is ‘one of a kind’
Australia’s Steve Smith brought up his third hundred of the ongoing Ashes 2019 series, which was 26th century of his Test career at Old Trafford in Manchester on Thursday.
While England bowlers found it really hard to dismiss the leading Test run-scorer of the year, Sachin Tendulkar took to his Twitter handle to explain what sets Steve Smith apart from most other batsmen in the game of cricket.
“COMPLICATED TECHNIQUE but an ORGANIZED MINDSET is what sets @stevesmith49 apart. Incredible comeback!,” Tendulkar tweeted.
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) September 5, 2019
Australia were reeling at 28/2 but Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, whose 67 was his fourth successive Test fifty since coming on to replace the former captain as a concussion substitute, put on 116 runs for the third wicket and steadied the ship for a while.
The visitors then resumed on 170/3 after Wednesday’s rain-curtailed 1st day in Manchester.
Smith was playing at 60, which was his eighth successive Test 50 against England.
On Thursday, Australia lost two batsmen- Travis Head and Matthew Head quickly but Smith put on another vital partnership with captain Tim Paine.
England made a tough attempt to dismiss Steve Smith when he was batting on 118 but the TV replays on the large screen showed that Jack Leach had overstepped.
Then Steve Smith switched to next gear as he went on to bring up a gripping 150, while Paine notched up his 6th fifty.
At Tea session on Day 2, Australia were in a dominant position at 369/5 with Smith not out on 173 and Paine unbeaten on 58.
Post Tea, the world’s top-ranked Test batsman comfortably took England’s bowling attack to cleaners as he went on to score his third double century, all coming against England in the Ashes. Smith played 310 balls during the game and his innings included 22 fours and two sixes.