The Aussie captain, Steve Smith had a tremendous year with the bat in 2017, especially in the test arena. He scored over 1000 runs with 5 centuries so far at an average of over 70. It is to be noted that he went to become the first ranked test batsman in the Top 5 ICC batsmen-ranking. At the end of the year, his captaincy was rewarded after Australia’s Ashes victory over England. Australia took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match test series. Here we relive some of his brilliant performances this year.
Steve Smith 178 not out against India
Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 178 runs in 361 deliveries at the JSCA stadium in Ranchi after the series was drawn at 1-1. Australia scored 451 runs in their first innings and it was their captain’s innings that was counted after India replied with a whopping total of 603-9(d) in their first innings. Later, Australia managed to save the test match. It was drawn on the final day as Australia managed 204-6 in their second innings. It was an important inning from Steve Smith that helped Australia draw the third test.
109 versus India
In the first away test match of the year for Australia, Steve Smith scored 109 from 202 balls in the second innings after managing a lead of 155 runs in the first innings. Australia won the match by a heavy margin of 333 runs in the opening encounter at MCA Stadium in Pune. It was a confidence booster win for Australia as they were touring India after a gap of four years. However, it was the only win for Australia in their tour to India. They lost the 5 match test series 3-1.
Double Century against England
It was an inning of sheer patience and a tremendous partnership with Mitchell Marsh. It ensured that Australia dominates the Ashes in the opening three matches itself. Steve Smith scored 239 runs from 399 balls. It was his first double hundred in 2017 and second of his career (both against England). He was also involved in part’ship of 301 runs for the fifth wicket with Mitchell Marsh. It took the game away from Englishmen who were smelling their first away win of the Ashes in the third test at WACA, Perth this year.