Ashes 2023: Steve Smith’s bat did not work in the 100th Test but he scored the most runs, made history in fielding

Steve Smith created history by taking catches in his 100th Test match and also broke the record held by Allan Border.

Australia cricket team batsman Steve Smith achieved an important milestone in Test cricket career and Leeds Test is his 100th Test. In this Test match, Steve Smith’s bat did not work at all and while he was dismissed for 22 runs in the first innings, in the second innings, Smith could not even touch the figure of Dahai and became the victim of Moeen Ali by scoring 2 runs. He was dismissed by Pat Cummins in the first innings. In his 100th Test match, of course, Smith did not manage to score runs, but he did wonders in fielding and took 5 catches in the first innings. Steve Smith created history by taking five catches.

Smith created history in fielding

Steve Smith took 5 catches in the first innings of the Leeds Test match. He took the catches of Harry Brook, Johnny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali and Stuart Broad and created history. Steve Smith is now the only player in Australian Test cricket history to have achieved the feat of taking five wickets in an innings of a Test match twice. In the year 2018 also, Steve Smith took five wickets in an innings of Test match against South Africa and now once again after 5 years, he did a great job of taking 5 wickets in an innings against England. At the same time, earlier in 1936, former Australian player Vic Richardson had done such a feat.

Fielder to take five wickets in a Test innings for Australia

1936 – Vic Richardson vs South Africa
2018 – Steve Smith vs South Africa
2023 – Steve Smith vs England

Smith broke the record of Allan Border

Steve Smith has now reached number three in terms of taking the most catches for Australia. He has so far taken a total of 284 catches across all formats while Allan Border took 283 catches and has now slipped to number four. The player who took the most catches for the Kangaroo team is Ricky Ponting who caught 363 catches. Mark Waugh is at number two with 289 catches.

Most catches for Australia as a fielder across all formats

363 catches – Ricky Ponting
289 catches – Mark Waugh
284 catches – Steve Smith
283 catches – Allan Border

Most runs in Smith’s name after 100 Tests

Steve Smith is the highest run-scorer in world cricket after 100 Test matches and currently has 9137 runs in his name. At the second number is Brian Lara who scored 8916 runs in 100 Test matches. Rahul Dravid is at number five in this list, who scored 8553 runs in his 100 Test matches.

Most runs after 100 Tests

9137 runs – Steven Smith
8916 runs – Brian Lara
8651 runs – Kumar Sangakkara
8640 runs – Younis Khan
8553 runs – Rahul Dravid

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