Steve Smith has been the star of the show for Australia so far in this first encounter of Ashes test. Playing his one of his career-best innings in the first outing he scored an amazing 144 runs which brought back Australia from the realm of chaos. Now he has a new task in hand.
Australian top-order is probably the biggest worry for the team as they have failed twice now and were unable to provide any substantial start to the Aussie innings but puts them in pressure right from the start. Cameron Bancroft and David Warner in managed to add only 10 runs to the total in the first innings and only a combined 15 runs in the second innings putting Australia in the recovery mode right from the start.
Steven Smith on number 4 stood up in the first innings and played right till the end for his 144 runs innings and now in second innings smith faces a similar situation where the openers have failed and Australia had to recover. Thanks to some consistent brilliance from the star batsman Australia has managed to narrow the lead up to 34 runs with 3 wickets down so far.
Steven Smith is holding his ground like a wall in front of English batsman and currently standing firm on his 46 along with Travis Head who is batting on 21. If Australia has to set any substantial target then these two have to go ahead and play at least the first session. Smith is looking in sublime form and stroking the ball with command and ease.
More often than not Smith has done this to England as he has an unbelievable average of 169 against England and an overall Test batting average of 62. He is and has always been a tough wall to climb for the English bowlers. English bowlers have to produce some magic delivery to dismantle to the wall in they are to win this Ashes test. And their best bet is their main strike bowler Stuart Broad who got rid of Smith in the first inning. Let us see if Broad manages to crack pass this firm wall in front of him.
STEVE SMITH STATS:
A career that has seen him transform from being a full-time leg-spinner to one of the best batsmen in modern-day cricket, Steve Smith’s story is one for the ages. Making his first-class debut in 2008, he played for New South Wales against Western Australia. Two years later he was given his Baggy Green in a Test match against Pakistan, where he batted at No.8 and took three wickets as the front-line spinner in Australia’s win. Later dropped from the Australian team due to a poor run at the 2010-11 Ashes, Smith turned to domestic cricket to regain form and confidence. After a recall to the Test side in 2013, he displayed extraordinary improvement, starting with his maiden Test ton at the Oval, later followed by centuries at Perth and Sydney during Australia’s 5-0 whitewash in the 2013-14 Ashes. Smith became Australia’s 45th Test captain during the series against India in 2014-15, filling in for an injured Michael Clarke. It turned out to be a landmark series for him as he went onto post tons in all four Tests. Reaching No.1 in the ICC Test batsman rankings for the first time in June 2015, he was also awarded the Sir Garfield...
Now a vital cog in Australia's batting unit, Smith initially made his name as a bowler - He was New South Wales' leading wicket-taker in the 2007-08 KFC T20 competition.
Test Debut date : 13/07/2010
ODI Debut date : 19/02/2010
T20 Debut date : 05/02/2010
Age : 31 years 16 days
Role : Batter
Height : 176
Batting Style : Right Hand
Bowling Style : Right Arm Leg-Spin
Team Played For : N/A