R.A. Smith


R.A. Smith 100* v IndiaBack to boards

Robin Smith’s unbeaten 100 in the first innings against India at Lord’s in 1990 was the first of his two centuries at Lord’s, and his third Test century at the time.

It might have been a profitable three-match series for Smith, scoring 361 runs at an average of 180.50, but such was the form of England’s batsman, he only came fourth on the list of their leading run-scorers in the series, behind Graham Gooch, Michael Atherton and Allan Lamb.

Gooch, with his masterful 333, and Lamb had both made three-figure scores in the first innings of the first Test against India, before Smith compounded India’s misery. In his unbeaten 100, which came from 155 balls, he hit fourteen fours and put on 192 with Gooch for the fourth wicket.

Smith’s captain Gooch decided to declare when he reached his century and England went on to win the match by 247 runs. Smith’s fine series continued in the next Test at Old Trafford, where he scored an unbeaten 121.

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