Australia will be aiming to gain the upper hand with another win at Lord's against their arch-rivals England in the ongoing Ashes series. Electing to bowl first after winning the toss, the Tim Paine-led side did a good job by restricting the hosts to 258 riding on three wickets each from spinner Nathan Lyon and pacers Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins respectively. However, tragedy struck the Aussies when during the first innings as they were reduced to 71/4 before losing half their side after crossing the 100-run mark. Nonetheless, there was one player who turned out to be the saviour for the visitors and once again, it was Steve Smith to the rescue.
Smith once again rescued his team from a huge crisis when they needed him the most just like he had done in the previous match by scoring centuries in both the innings. The former skipper stood like a wall when odds were against his side i.e. when wickets were falling at the other end. His patience bore fruits as he scored yet another half-century. This was Smith's 25th Test fifty. This was an important knock, but the swashbuckling batsman also added yet another feather in his cap by the virtue of this knock.
You have heard it right. The 30-year-old has become the first batsman to score seven successive 50+ scores in Ashes. Smith edged past his former Australian team-mate Mike Hussey to register this record on his name. Hussey, who is nicknamed as 'Mr. Cricket' has six consecutive 50+scores to his name (2009-10). The number three batsman has been on a roll against the English side since 2017 till date. The charismatic batsman's scores against England are as follows: 239, 76, 102*, 83, 144, 142 and 75* respectively.
After Smith put up yet another splendid performance, the fans came forward to hail arguably the best Test batsman in modern-day cricket.