Steve Smith justified his Test batsman status with his maiden double hundred during the Ashes Lord’s Test on Friday. Australia batsman Steve Smith did his double century during the second day of the Ashes Lord’s Test on Friday. He achieved the feat in 336 balls. He justified his status as one of the world’s best batsman as he smashed his sixth hundred in last eight tests, his 10th overall.
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Smith become the third Australian batsman to post a double hundred at Lord’s and first since Bill Brown ‘ 206 not out in 1938. He went on to score 215 before being dismissed by Joe Root, Falling short of breaking Sir Donald Bradman’s record of 254 in 1930. England paid the price for lan Bell’s costly drop of Smith on 50 on Thursday as the Aussie hit 25 fours and a maximum in his 346 ball innings.
Tear-away pacer Mitchell Jhonson, who now aims at complimenting Smith’s brilliant knock to put Australia on level terms after losing the Cardiff Test, showered praises on the world No.2 batsman. Jhonson said that, he have seen him since he’s first started’ and he was really proud of what he did.
Smith who is 26 year old also became the first batsman in 18 years to register a double hundred in an Ashes Test in England. Nasser Hussain had scored 207 at Birmingham in 1997. Smith’s knock was the seventh highest individual test score at lord’s, a list headed by former England opener Graham Gooch’s 333 against India in 1990.
Some of the highlights of Lord’s Test Day 2 are, Chris Rogers is now the first Australian opener to have recorded five hundreds after the age of 35 in tests, eclipsing Matthew Hayden’s tally of four. Top 5 opening batsman with most centuries after the age of 35 are Geoff Boycott (10), Graham Gooch (10), Jack Hobbs (9), Gordon Greenidge (7) and Len Hutton (6). 284 run partnership between Rogers and Smith for the second wicket is Australia’s highest for any wicket at Lord’s. Mark Taylor and Michael Slater had put on 260 for the first wicket vs England in 1993.
The highest being 370 for the third wicket between Denis Compton and Bill Edrich for England vs South Africa in 1947. Posting 148 vs England at Adelaide in December 2013, Michael Clarke is without a fifty in his last ten Ashes innings. 28 double centuries have been registered by Australian batsman in away Tests. Jason Gillespie was the last Australian player to do so. Bradman holds an Australian record for posting five innings of 200-plus, including two hundreds, in away Tests.