It was a comeback to remember for Steve Smith as he steamrolled to yet another ton in Australia's second innings against England on 4 August. Smith began Day 4 for the visitors along with Travis Head and frustrated the hosts with a 130-run stand followed by which he had yet another 100-plus run stand with Matthew Wade.
Smith's second ton of the game came much quicker than his previous one, as he raced to 142 runs off 203 balls, hitting 14 boundaries en route to his 25th Test Hundred. A frustrated England finally dismissed Smith when Australia were at 331 runs. However, Wade continued to trouble the England bowlers, with Australia eventually declaring at 487 runs.
Indian commentator and analyst Harsha Bhogle pointed out that fans must celebrate Smith's knock and enjoy his 'enriching' batting instead of comparing him to other contemporary cricketers. He said that the fan's constant comparisons lead to dilution of the joy of the moment.
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Former Indian batsman and Test cricket legend VVS Laxman was all praises for Smith, as he recollected the Australian's masterclass 100 at Pune in 2017 under very tough conditions. He said that if Australia went on to win the match, then Smith's twin centuries will be with him with the very best. Laxman lauded the resolve and grit with which Smith played.
England are chasing a total of 398 runs on the last day of the contest at Edgbaston, Birmingham. The hosts tried all the tricks in their bag to wrap up the Australian batting line-up as early as possible but were left frustrated by Steve Smith, who continued to display some genuine Test cricketing performance with a little help from Wade. Pacers Stuard Broad and Chris Woakes grabbed a scalp each while Moeen Ali got two scalps. Vice-skipper Ben Stokes topped the bowling charts, grabbing three wickets in the course of the innings.