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Ashes 2019, ENG Vs AUS: English Fans Finally Bow To Sensational Steve Smith - WATCH

During the course of the Ashes 2019 series, Steve Smith broke a host of records in a Bradmanesque fashion to leave an enduring legacy which was well applauded by England fans. And summing up his road to redemption in the best possible way was celebrated English journalist Piers Morgan, who tweeted: “The bat, it transpires, is mightier than the sandpaper”

Ashes 2019, ENG Vs AUS: English Fans Finally Bow To Sensational Steve Smith - WATCH
Smith's sequence of scores during the Ashes 2019: 144, 142, 92, 211, 92, 80 and 23.
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Ashes 2019, ENG Vs AUS: English Fans Finally Bow To Sensational Steve Smith - WATCH
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2019-09-16T11:11:32+0530

Steve Smith's long and hard road to redemption is complete. After serving a year-long ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, the former Australia captain arrived in England for the ICC Cricket World Cup, to be booed and jeered by the local fans who always have a reason or two to hate the players from Down Under. But the 30-year-old will return home a victor, having earned the respect in the enemy territory.

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On the penultimate day of the Ashes 2019 series, Smith scored his lowest score but when he walked back to the pavilion after Stuart Board had him caught at leg-gully by Ben Stokes, the 'fidgety' batsman was accorded a standing ovation from the packed Oval crowd in London. And justifiably so.

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Announcing his return to Test cricket, the 30-year-old scored 774 runs at a enviable average of 110.57, including three centuries and three fifties. What made his performance during the five-match series was, he missed three innings, and still stole the show.

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And summing up his road to redemption in the best possible way was celebrated English journalist Piers Morgan, who tweeted: “The bat, it transpires, is mightier than the sandpaper”.

During the course of the series, Smith broke a host of records and was even compared to legendary Donald Bradman. And here's his sequence of scores: 144, 142, 92, 211, 92, 80 and 23.

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The world's top-ranked Test batsman now holds the record for most runs in a Test series by a batsman in this century. The highest tally of runs accumulated by a batsman in a series before this was 778 by West Indies great Brian Lara in 1994.

Smith also became the first-ever batsman to score 10 successive half-centuries against an opponent. The previous highest was nine by Pakistani legend Inzamam ul Haq, also against England.

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