Steve Smith hit 14 fours off 212 balls in the middle of the first day.© AFP
Steve Smith ended a 546-day drought for an international century as he played an unbeaten 109-run innings on the first day of the second Test against Sri Lanka at the charming Gal International Cricket Stadium. Smith hit Kisan Rajitha’s cracking core drive to reach a triple figure off 193 balls. Smith, however, struggled with back problems before receiving his 28th Test century on Friday, receiving occasional treatment from medical staff. Smith hit 14 fours off 212 balls in the middle of the first day.
This is Steve Smith’s 28th century moment. pic.twitter.com/gxJXKAV9a5
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Smith’s last century in international cricket came in the 2021 Test against India in Sydney.
In addition to Smith, Labuschene also scored his first home century, scoring 104 before losing his wicket to Parbat Jayasuriya.
After David Warner and Usman Khawaja were dismissed in the opening session, Australia opted to bat and scored 70 for two at a time.
Warner (3) and Khawaja (37) were both cast by Rajitha and Ramiz Mendis respectively.
Smith and LeBushgan put on a 134-run stand for the third wicket, which put Australia in the driving seat.
Leiboshgin paid a heavy price for stumping Sri Lanka for 28 runs.
The 28-year-old also hit 12 fours and was eventually stumped by Dick Villa on Jayasuriya’s delivery.
Jayasuriya was one of the bowlers selected by the Sri Lankan team, which ended the first day with a figure of three for 90.
The 30-year-old also struck out Travis Head (12) and Cameron Green (4) in quick succession.
Australia ended the first day at 298 for five. Smith and Kerry batted unbeaten with 109 and 16 runs respectively.
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