Australia captain Steve Smith once again stood like a mountain in front of England as the latter couldn’t capitalize on their overnight momentum on the second day of the third Ashes Test in Perth on Friday.
In reply to England’s 403, after ending the day at 203 for three, the Australian skipper struck a double-century to put the Englishmen in big trouble on day three at the WACA.
— cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 16, 2017
Smith completed the milestone from 301 balls shortly after tea and alongside Mitch Marsh, who earlier delighted his home crowd by marking his return with a maiden Test century, powered Australia into a burgeoning first-innings lead of 57 with an unbroken stand of 212.
Here are some Twitter reactions on Steve Smith’s double-century:
We give him plenty of stick but respect where it's due, that's an incredible knock from Steve Smith. Well played. #Ashes
— England's Barmy Army (@TheBarmyArmy) December 16, 2017
What a player Steve Smith. Doesn’t look like he’s going to get out. Does he 😳 Well played #Ashes
— Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) December 16, 2017
— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) December 16, 2017
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 16, 2017
Virat Kohli last winter; Steve Smith this. Deja vu for England
— Tim (@timwig) December 16, 2017
YOU ARE A FREAK! #period!
— Dean Jones (@ProfDeano) December 16, 2017
— Lisa Sthalekar (@sthalekar93) December 16, 2017
Second Ashes double hundred. @stevesmith49 is a batting monster. Think we put in more effort to tweet than he does for scoring those runs.. So damn effortless. Brilliant. 👏🏻👏🏻#TheAshes2017 #SteveSmith
— Jatin Sapru (@jatinsapru) December 16, 2017
— Trent Copeland (@copes9) December 16, 2017
Australian captains with a double ton in the Ashes:
Bob Simpson (2)
Don Bradman (3)
STEVE SMITH* #Ashes
— Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) December 16, 2017
— Isa Guha (@isaguha) December 16, 2017
Smith's got a double, England neck deep in trouble
— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) December 16, 2017
— Nikhil 🏏 (@CricCrazyNIKS) December 16, 2017
Steve Smith's 200. The Chilean miners were easier to get out.
— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) December 16, 2017