Steve Smith recalled his Test comeback which happened exactly one year ago when the Australia star tormented England once again with a brilliant ton at Edgbaston in Ashes 2019.

Steve Smith made a stunning return to Test cricket on August 1, 2019. (Reuters Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Steve Smith took to his Instagram handle to reminisce his stylish comeback exactly one year ago
  • It’s hard to believe it was a year ago today that we started the Ashes: Steve Smith
  • Smith was at his fighting best in his 144-run comeback innings in Edgbaston Test

This day that year, Australia’s former skipper Steve Smith was getting all fidgety in the dressing room, aching to get into the Edgbaston cricket ground, and that was not unnatural as the current World No.1 Test batsman was making a comeback to the longest format of the game, which he had to bid adieu (for a year) because of his role in the ball-tampering scandal.

Smith did not disappoint, starting from where he had left against South Africa in 2018 as he batted defiantly after Australia collapsed against fiery England pacers. The visitors were reeling at 83 for 3 under overcast conditions but Smith rescued his side with his 9th Ashes hundred.

Smith won plaudits not only for the masterful knock as wickets tumbled around him but for doing so against a barrage of boos by a partisan crowd keen to remind him of the ‘Sandpapergate’ scandal in South Africa.

Playing the first Ashes Test against England, Smith scored one of the best Ashes centuries and helped his team recover from a disastrous position of 128/8 to post 284 in the first innings at Edgbaston.

Smith on Saturday took to his Instagram handle to reminisce his stylish comeback exactly one year ago as he posted a collage of himself celebrating his century with an emotional caption.

Smith captioned the post, “It’s hard to believe it was a year ago today that we started the Ashes. A day that I’ll never forget.”

Meanwhile, Steve Smith also became only the second batsman to get 24th Test hundred in just 118 innings. Only legendary Australia batsman Don Bradman (66 innings) achieved this feat in lesser innings than Smith.

Cameron Bancroft, David Warner and Steve Smith were playing their first Test match after returning from the ball-tampering ban and the trio got a hostile reception at Edgbaston.

Smith was at his fighting best in his 144-run innings which held Australia together till the end. Not only the conditions were difficult, but the crowd also booed Smith and even depicted him crying as he had after he was banned last year. But he answered everything with his bat which prompted many experts and former cricketers to raise the batsman.

Smith finished the five-match Ashes series with 774 runs and was named as Player of the Series. Smith is currently the number one ranked ICC Test batsman with 911 points and is closely followed by India skipper Virat Kohli with 886 points.

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