England vs Australia, 4th ash test: Steve Smith scores hundreds on the return of the test
MANCHESTER: Australian star hitter Steve Smith He marked his return to international cricket with a third of the Ashes series when he reached three figures on the second day of the fourth Test against England at Old Trafford on Thursday.
The Smith century helped Australia reach 245 for five at lunch.
Smith had missed the dramatic victory of an England wicket in the third test at Headingley after being ruled out by a concussion suffered when he was struck by a Jofra Archer Gorilla during the second game drawn in Lord's.
Smith, 30, again at the top of the ICC test batting rankings, resumed Thursday with his night score of 60 not eliminated, but fell to 65 when Archer failed to keep a shot and shot opportunity.
Having extended his record of ashes of eight consecutive fifty years, he raised his test XXVI century in 160 balls, including 11 four, with a square whipped leg of Craig Overton.
This was the third century of the ashes of former Australian captain Smith, where his lowest score is the 92 he got after being knocked down by Archer in Lord's.
Smith scored 144 and 142 in the victory of 251 Australian races in the first game of the series at Edgbaston, his first test since completing a 12-month ban on ball manipulation.
The five-game contest currently has a level of 1-1, with Australia seeking to win its first series of ashes in England for 18 years.