Steve Smith smashes the “absurd” Big Bash ton as he becomes the first Sixers player ever to make a ton

Steve Smith smashes the ‘absurd’ Big Bash ton as the Aussie Test star becomes the first Sixers player ever to end a century in dominant victory over Adelaide

Steve Smith stole the show Tuesday night with an “absurd” innings, becoming the first player in Sixers history to score a century in the Big Bash as Sydney beat the Strikers by 59 runs.

In front of a packed house in Coffs Harbour, the Aussie star lobbed his way to 101 – the seventh fastest century ever in the BBL – on just 56 balls to help the Sixers go 5-203.

Smith hit seven sixes and five fours in a brutal attack on Adelaide bowlers and upped his ton by sweeping Ben Manenti over the top with a maximum.

Steve Smith (right) hit a scintillating 101 from 56 as the Sixers beat the Strikers

Steve Smith (right) hit a scintillating 101 from 56 as the Sixers beat the Strikers

The 33-year-old was handed a lifeline early on when the third ball he faced hit the stumps but failed to untie the bails.

Smith made the most of the respite to set up a scintillating century, expertly assisted by Kurtis Patterson, who made 43 balls from 33.

And the Test star was quickly lauded for his brilliant innings, with AAP cricket journalist Scott Bailey hailing his “absurd” performance.

“It’s really disgusting how good Steve Smith is at cricket,” Triple M and Channel 7 sports reporter Nat Yoannidis tweeted, while The Age cricket writer Daniel Brettig noted that Smith’s ton justified the effort he put into the work on his technique.

Scott Bailey described Smith's innings against the Strikers Tuesday night as

Scott Bailey described Smith’s innings against the Strikers Tuesday night as “asburd.”

Triple M and Channel 7 sports reporter Nat Yoannidis joked it was

Triple M and Channel 7 sports reporter Nat Yoannidis joked it was “disgusting” to see Smith play such an excellent innings

The Age cricket writer Daniel Brettig remarked that Smith's ton justified the effort he put into working on his technique last year

The Age cricket writer Daniel Brettig remarked that Smith’s ton justified the effort he put into working on his technique last year

ESPN journalist Stuart Randall reflected on why Smith didn't stand a chance at the T20 Worlds

ESPN journalist Stuart Randall reflected on why Smith didn’t stand a chance at the T20 Worlds

Throughout 2022, the Aussie batsman worked tirelessly to expand his chances of scoring, eliminating his signature shuffle across the stumps and attempting to change his stance in the crease.

What made Smith’s innings even more notable was that it lasted just over two months after failing to secure a spot on the Australia team for the T20 World Cup.

Smith played just one game in the tournament, scoring four in Australia’s win over Afghanistan in their final group game when the defending champions were eliminated on home soil.

“Perhaps Australia could have used the best batsman of its generation at the T20 World Cup,” said ESPN journalist Stuart Randall.

blank

Smith’s ton was the seventh fastest in Big Bash history and his first in the competition

The Aussie star was named Player of the Match after the Sixers won by 59 runs

The Aussie star was named Player of the Match after the Sixers won by 59 runs

Smith’s innings ended when he went out in hilarious circumstances after being sold short by Moises Henriques, who rebuffed him when he had already committed to run two.

The Strikers fell well short of target as they could only post 9-144 in response, with Alex Carey and Matt Short being the only two Adelaide to be in double figures.

Carey made 54 balls from 35 while Short made 40 balls from 24. Todd Murphy, recently named to the Australia Test squad for the Tour of India, finished 3-35 and Steve O’Keefe 2-24.

The win put the Sixers back at the top of the BBL leaders and recaptured first place from the Perth Scorchers, whom they defeated just two days ago.

advertising

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/cricket/article-11644237/Steve-Smith-smashes-absurd-Big-Bash-ton-Sixers-player-make-ton.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490 Steve Smith smashes the “absurd” Big Bash ton as he becomes the first Sixers player ever to make a ton

Maureen Mackey

WSTPost is an automatic aggregator of the all world’s media. In each content, the hyperlink to the primary source is specified. All trademarks belong to their rightful owners, all materials to their authors. If you are the owner of the content and do not want us to publish your materials, please contact us by email – admin@wstpost.com. The content will be deleted within 24 hours.

Related Articles

Back to top button