How Steve Smith urned the Ashes for the Aussies
Ashes 2019 has been a close competition between two dominant names in the cricketing world — England and Australia — And after four Test matches, Australia boasts of retaining the urn in large part due to the contributions of Steve Smith.
Steve Smith defined a new normal for batsmen at the Ashes 2019. The Australian’s contributions on the pitch have all but assured his team of going back home with the urn. Let’s look at why this man has been a key factor for the Men Down Under’s memorable tour.
Smith became the highest run-scorer in Test matches due to his performances in just five innings at the Ashes. In five matches and three innings, he notched up 671 runs, topping the list based on matches played in the month of August and September this year.
BREAKING: Australia retain the Ashes. Congratulations to Tim Paine & his excellent team.. especially the mercurial @stevesmith49 & those brilliant fast bowlers. Been a wonderful series but they’ve been the better side. #Ashes #EngvAus pic.twitter.com/MBRd1erJCA
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 8, 2019
While doing so, he continues to leave some of the top names like Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, and Matthew Hayden behind in scoring 26 centuries in just 121 matches. Let us understand how the 30-year-old cricketer has been buzzing the world of cricket lately.
Taking the edge off at Edgbaston
With his return to international cricket after a year’s ban, Steven Smith was certain of leaving a mark in his maiden Test match of the year. His expiating performance in the first match of the Ashes marked a remarkable comeback.
Smith scored back-to-back centuries in both innings, and that early taste of success gave Australia a reason to move on to the next Test match swelling with confidence. Scoring a 144 in the first match and 142 in the second, Steve was surely taking the edge off his career’s downfall.
A minor setback
The second est of the Ashes resulted in a draw, but Smith gave his all and stood among one of the highest run-scorers for the Kangaroos. In a gripping duel with Jofra Archer, Smith succumbed to a concussion after he was hit by a bouncer, causing him to be left out of the second innings.
This rooted the Australian run machine out of the third Test which saw England emerging victorious thanks to Ben Stokes’ remarkable innings. However, Smith geared up for the fourth one post his minor setback.
The sensational Steve Smith
The men from Down Under yet again made the headlines of the Monday morning newspapers all over England adding another win to their tally. But the road to glory kicked off with the Australian openers trembling to put runs on the board. When Steve took to the Old Trafford Cricket Ground, he brought his sensational form with him and scored a double century (211 runs) in the first innings and 82 runs in the second.
Now the Aussies have taken a 2-1 lead in the series with one match yet to be played. While a win would definitely result in the urn travelling Down Under, even a draw would result in the same, and end Australia’s 18-year drought of retaining the urn on English soil. And we all know who the man would be responsible for making history.