Ashes: Steve Smith equals 71-year-old record after 6th successive 80-plus score

first_imgSteve Smith has been on a record-breaking spree ever since he came back into the Test side in the Ashes series and once again the right-hand batsman managed to add another feather on his cap as he became only the second batsman in Test history to post six-successive 80-plus scores.Smith scored 80 in Australia’s first innings total of 225 to match the record set by Sir Everton Weekes. During his knock, Smith also broke the record most successive half-centuries against a single opponent.Smith’s heroic feats in England have marked him out as the next most effective tormenter of the nation’s bowlers after Sir Don Bradman. His last 6 scores read – 144, 142, 92, 211, 82 and 80.Smith has now scored 761 runs in six innings, almost twice as many as any other batsman on either side in the series that is after missing the third Ashes Test due to concussion.If Smith manages to get another double hundred in the second innings of the final Test he will break Bradman’s record of most runs in a series. If he manages to get another double hundred in the second innings of the final Test he will surpass Bradman since he scored an astonishing 974 runs during the 1930 Ashes in England.Australia on Friday got bowled out for 225 in their first innings to concede a lead of 69 runs to England on Day 2. Smith top-scored for the visitors while Marnus Labuschagne made 48 but the rest of the batsmen failed to fire.Jofra Archer returned figures of 6 for 62, his second five-wicket haul in Tests, while Sam Curran picked up 3 wickets and Chris Woakes got one.advertisementAt the end of the day’s play, England managed 9 runs from 4 overs without losing a wicket. They currently lead by 78 runs with all 10 wickets in hand.Also Read | Ashes: Jofra Archer, Steve Smith headline intriguing Day 2 contestAlso Read | ‘That’s like a small boy diving into a sand pit’: Jonny Bairstow fakes Steve Smith run-outAlso Read | Ashes 2019: The contrasting story of David Warner and Steve SmithAlso Read | England vs Australia Ashes 2019 5th Test Day 2: As it happenedlast_img

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