ICC reveals secret behind Steve Smith's purple patch

MANCHESTER: Australia Steve Smith has done what he does best in Old Trafford after he had to sit the third deadly spoils Injury test. Smith scored his 26th Ton Test and his third in four innings while the crowd at Old Trafford witnessed some high-quality bats.

Smith shared an association of 116 with Marnus Labuschagne during the first two days of the test. In the middle of that on day 1, a beach ball rolled toward the field just as Smith prepared to face a delivery of Jofra Archer . The ball rolled to where the 30-year-old was standing and dragged it to the limit of the square leg.

ICC tweeted an image of Smith sweeping the ball away with the caption that said: "How most batsmen see them vs How Steve Smith sees them." Smith has been in extraordinary form in the deadly spoils and his lowest score this series is 92.

Days after advancing virat Kohli as the number one ranked Test batsman, Smith produced another master-class to rack up his 26th hundred in the longest format as Australia rode his heroics on the second day of the rain-affected fourth deadly spoils rubber.

Resuming on 60 with the team score reading 170/3, Smith showed no signs of relenting although he was troubled on a few occasions by Jofra Archer to continue his prolific run-scoring spree and bring up his third deadly spoils century in 160 balls by clipping Craig Overton off his pads for a couple of runs.

Smith raised his bat while his clubhouse teammates clapped in a way that showed the inevitability of another milestone of this treadmill that returned to the team because of a concussion injury.