Pune ton vs India features in Australia skipper Steve Smith’s top 3 Test hundreds
Australia cricket team captain Steve Smith produced a sterling knock of 109 against Indian cricket team on a rank-turner in Pune to lead his team to victorycricket Updated: Dec 14, 2017 19:28 IST
Australia cricket team captain Steve Smith has rated his Pune hundred against India in February of this year among his top three centuries in Tests.
On a viciously turning pitch in Pune, Smith was the lone batsman from both sides to cross the three-figure mark in the low-scoring match that Australia went on to win by a whopping margin of 333 runs.
“Before our team had even set foot in the subcontinent we were written off by everyone, which made my 109 and more importantly our win in Pune that much more satisfying. The Pune wicket was incredibly challenging with the ball spinning sharply from the first session, so by the time our second innings started it was turning big. I haven’t scored too many second-innings hundreds and although I had a few lives along the way, I was proud of the way I stuck to my plans and was able to think on my feet,” Smith wrote in his latest column for cricket.com.au.
Though Australia eventually lost the four-match series against hosts India 1-2, Smith stacked up an impressive tally of 499 runs at an average of 71 (with the help of three centuries) during the series to enhance his reputation as one of the best batsman of the modern era.
Smith, the No. 1 ranked batsman in Tests, has scored 21 hundreds in his 59-match long career so far, with an astonishing average of 60.40. The other two hundreds that feature in Smith’s career list of top three centuries are an unbeaten 141 that he conjured up in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba and a dogged 100 that the Aussie produced against a top-quality South African attack way back in February 2014.
Smith would now look to score another hundred in the ongoing third Ashes Test at the WACA where England finished strongly at 305/4 on Day One with young English batsman Dawid Malan scoring his maiden international ton. Australia lead the five-match series 2-0 after winning the first two Tests of the series comprehensively.