Former Australia captain Steve Smith ended his century drought exactly after 18 months. He scored his last century against India in Sydney, early in January 2021.
Steve Smith celebrates his century. (Courtesy: AP)
- Australia scored 298 runs at the end of Day 1 against Sri Lanka
- Steve Smith came eerily close to centuries against England, but could not convert
- Smith looked in very good touch against spinning conditions at Galle International Stadium
Former Australia captain Steve Smith broke his century drought in Test cricket against Sri Lanka at the Galle International Stadium in Colombo on Friday, 8 July. Smith, who has been poor by his prolific standards, could not convert his half centuries for an extended period of time. Especially during the Ashes in 2021/22, when he scored 93 at Adelaide.
Since that innings, Smith scored three half centuries in the flat tracks of Pakistan, but felt short every time, frustrating his fans and of course himself.
On the day, the former captain partnered with Marnus Labuschange for the middle order and rescued the Australian line-up after they lost both of their openers inside the first 100 runs. The two players added 134 runs between them and took Australia to a respectable position before Labuschagne departed after scoring his century. Smith took over from the base set and his majority of the runs to keep Australia ahead in the spinning track of Colombo.
Smith ended his day at 109 not out, surpassing his Fab Four rival, Virat Kohli. This was Smith’s 28 century in 87 matches and has scored 8125 runs, 51 runs ahead of Kohli.
Australia continue to dominate the hosts in subcontinental conditions and are once again looking set for a big total. Australian spinners bundled Sri Lanka inside 25 overs in the fourth innings of the first Test. Nathan Lyon was aided by part-timer Travis Head and Mitchell Swepson.
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