MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Just eight runs short of his maiden test double century and with India’s field waiting on the boundary, Australia captain Steven Smith couldn’t resist chancing his luck with another audacious stroke.
As Smith attempted to flick the ball over his shoulder for yet another boundary, he could only look down as he was beaten by a straight Udesh Yadav delivery that took his middle stump and ended the Australian first innings at a daunting 530 on the second day of the first test Saturday.
It also ended a remarkable 192-run knock from 305 balls that dominated the Indian bowlers for more than a day and was punctuated by 15 boundaries and two sixes.
“I got out to a pretty silly shot. They had every man on the fence,” Smith said. “I was just trying to get a boundary and it didn’t work out so that’s OK.”
“I was going to declare at tea, so I was trying to get as many runs as we could before then, so I think 530 is a nice total for us.”
Smith, who has thrived since taking over the captaincy ahead of the second test, brought up his highest first class score, his third century of the series and seventh of his test career.