Pat Cummins and Co. are taking on England in the third Test match of the current Ashes 2023 series at Headingley on Thursday, July 6. Australian batter Steve Smith is playing his 100th Test match. He is a current master and is stated as the finest since Sir Donald Bradman. The 34-year-old holds the highest average of 59.56 among the 17 players with more than 9000 Test runs.
He is now only the 15th Australian cricketer to play 100 tests. Ricky Ponting rated Smith Australia’s second-greatest batter after legendary cricketer Don Bradman ahead of his landmark Test. During an interview with the Daily Mail, ex-England captain Nasser Hussain questioned Ponting about Smith’s 100th Test.
It is something that has been on my bucket list: Steve Smith
Smith was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald: “It is something that has been on my bucket list, to win an Ashes series in England. What a way to top it off, if I could do it in my 100th game, it would be special for sure. I know the person I am, I know how I want to go about things.”
He further added, “I am out here playing my game and for my country. Everyone can say what they like, it doesn’t bother me. I am comfortable in my own skin.” Steve Smith batted brilliantly in the second Test of the 2023 Ashes at Lord’s. He scored 110 runs in the first innings to record his 32nd Test century. Australia won by a surprising 43-run margin, successfully defending a 371-run target to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
Smith will be hoping to keep his hot form going in the upcoming games. Smith promised to deliver something exceptional for his 100th Test, fulfilling his aim of “winning an Ashes series in England.” Steve Smith’s career has been rocky since making his debut for Australia in 2010. Smith’s rise in international cricket is undoubtedly one story to tell, beginning as a leg-spinner and culminating as one of the top batsmen for his country. Following the infamous ball-tempering controversy in 2018, he was removed from the captaincy. The Aussie batter, though, was able to make a roaring comeback to the side after completing a 12-month ban, with a 774-run Ashes series in 2019.
Here’s how fans reacted
Most dedicated and clutch player on planet. Happy Birthday "modern day Bradman"
— GOAT RO45HIT (@immTonyStark) July 6, 2023
Common smudge let's make this moment memorable, and I believe it is going to be.
— Aditya saxena (@Adityas79581869) July 6, 2023
— Sᵗᵉᵖʰᵉᶰ Fˡᵉᵐᶤᶰᵍ (@sp_fleming7) July 6, 2023
High class batter
— Kapil Sharma (@KapilSh13961722) July 6, 2023
This man breathe cricket
— Pranav Raj (@Pranav_raj_18) July 6, 2023
The GOAT having ants in his pants.
— Vishnu Mani Tripathi (@VishnuManiTrip8) July 6, 2023
Don't know about other formats but steve is really ahead of everyone in this .
— AKASH (@Allengo893) July 6, 2023
This video would've been incomplete without his slip catches. He's an excellent slip fielder.
— Prasad Rajput (@Prasad__Rajput) July 6, 2023
— ` (@schrutelad) July 6, 2023