Steve Smith roared again to kind with a century – first by an Australian this Border-Gavaskar collection – on the second day of the third Test match in opposition to India at his home floor in Sydney.
Smith reached his 27th Test hundred in 201 deliveries, amassing three off India tempo debutant Navdeep Saini.
Although this is among the 31-year-old’s slowest Test tons, he would not thoughts a lot as he entered triple digits after a very very long time, having scored none in 2020.
His final Test hundred got here in September 2019 when he scored 211 in opposition to England in Manchester. The World No.3 Test batsman’s final Test century on Australian soil got here in December 2017 in opposition to England in Melbourne [102*]. This additionally occurs to be Smith’s first Test ton in 22 innings exterior the Ashes since making 111 in March 2017 in opposition to India in Dharamsala.
During Friday’s innings, the right-handed batsman additionally surpassed India captain Virat Kohli’s Test tally of seven,318 runs. Smith has now equalled Kohli’s century tally – probably the most amongst lively cricketers.
With right this moment’s feat, Smith moreover joined Gary Sobers, Viv Richards and Ricky Ponting on the summit of the elite record of batsmen who’ve scored probably the most Test a whole bunch in opposition to India [eight].