Steve Smith joins Don Bradman, enters history books with century against West Indies

Written by Vipin Darwade

Steve Smith scored an unbeaten 114 to equal Donald Bradman’s 29 test centuries and help Australia tighten its grip on the opening cricket test against the West Indies on Thursday.

Marnus Labuschagne (204) fell to the last ball before lunch on the second day as Australia went into the break on 402-3, ending a 251-run stand for the third wicket.

Smith batted flawlessly to equal the former Australia batting legend Bradman in his 88th test appearance. Only Ricky Ponting (41), Steve Waugh (32) and Matthew Hayden (30) have scored more hundreds for Australia.

Smith was more circumspect and hit just nine boundaries in his century that came off 179 balls. It was Smith’s second century in the space of three innings following his 145 not out against Sri Lanka in Galle in July this year.

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