Australian batsman Steve Smith made a stunning return from 12-month ban for a ball-tempering scandal. His 144 and 142 runs inning played a crucial role in Australia’s 251-run win over England in the first Test at Edgbaston.
Comparison with Bradman
It is the greatest score hit by any Australian batsman after Bradman considered The Don of batting. With an average of 62.96 in 20 innings, Smith is placed second to Bradman whose batting average was 99.94.
Smith remained out of cricked for 12-moths due to a ban and missed cricked due to World War II.
Bradman made his century in his first Test century in 1947 while playing against England in Brisbane followed by 234 in second Test in Sydney. Smith scored 200-runs in an Ashes Test to equal Bradman.
Bradman’s favourite pull
Some experts consider Bradman’s stance as a minor imperfection in his batting. He used to pick his bat from between his feet instead of the backfoot that was the norm those days.
Smith’s stance on creases
The 30-year old batsman shuffles across the crease before taking the final stand. Also, he keeps his laces taped because he doesn’t want to see the laces while batting. This approach makes him susceptible to get lbw but he scored 5-centuries with an average of 139 in the last six Tests in Ashes.
Neil Harvey on Smith
Harvey 90, the only surviving member of Bradman’s team that won the 1948 Ashes in England, places Smith equal to his captain Bradman but shies away from comparing the two – Bradman and Smith. For more information please visit our latest trending News