Steve Smith 1st batsman to score 8 successive 50+ scores in Ashes

first_imgSteve Smith registered his 26th Test fifty against England in the 4th Ashes Test on Thursday in Manchester. This was Smith’s 8th consecutive 50+ score in Ashes. With this fifty, Smith became the first batsman to score eight successive 50+ scores in Ashes.Smith has overtaken his own record of seven consecutive fifty-plus scores in Ashes, which he had achieved in the London Test. Smith had surpassed Mike Hussey’s record of six consecutive fifty-plus scores in Ashes to achieve this feat. Smith’s last eight Ashes innings scores read 239, 76, 102*, 83, 144, 142, 92 and 60 batting.Steve Smith has made a powerful personal comeback in this series, after serving a one-year ban from the game for his role in a ball-tampering scandal. Steve Smith has been in sensational form since his return to Test match cricket after serving bans for his role in a ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa last year.Smith was stripped of the captaincy and handed a 12-month ban by Cricket Australia after teammate Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera attempting to change the condition of the ball with sandpaper during a March 2018 Test in South Africa.Smith has made an emphatic return from his enforced absence to the longest format, with twin hundreds in the first Ashes Test in Birmingham. He followed that up with a 92 at Lord’s before being felled by a short ball from England fast bowler Jofra Archer. Smith then missed the Headingley Test due to concussion.Smith and Marnus Labuschagne put on 116 for the third wicket before the latter was bowled by a beautiful delivery from Craig Overton for 67. Australia recovered from another failure by their openers to reach 170-3 at the close of the rain-affected first day of the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford on Wednesday.advertisementAlso See:last_img