England vs Australia, fourth ash test: Steve Smith scores double century at Manchester

MANCHESTER: Australia Steve Smith He marked his return to international cricket with a double century on the second day of the fourth Ash Test against England at Old Trafford on Thursday.

The best ranked test batter in the world reached his third double hundred at this level, and third against England, in 310 balls, including 22 four and two six with one leg out. Stuart broad .

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He was finally out by 211, when Joe Denly caught an inverse sweep of the England captain and the occasional breakage of Joe Root's spinner leg in what had been a backward point.

Smith missed the victory of a England series leveling wicket in the third test at Headingley with a concussion suffered when he was struck by a Jofra Archer Gorilla during the second test at Lord's.

But even so, he has now scored 589 runs in four innings of this series, the first since he completed a 12-month ball manipulation ban, including three hundred, at a colossal average of 147.25.

This was the third time this Ashes had reached three figures after the 144 and 142 scores in the first Test at Edgbaston, with his lowest total in the series, the 92 he did at Lord's.

The 30-year-old former Australia captain was, however, dropped on 65 on Thursday when Jofra Archer failed to hold a caught and bowled chance off a hard-hit full toss.

Smith was also suspended at 118 when he was caught in the Jack Leach slip just for reps to reveal that the left-hand spinner had thrown the eighth no-ball of his first-class career.

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