S.P.D. Smith

215

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Steve Smith hit his first Test Match double-century, and Australia’s third at Lord’s, as his innings of 215 helped the visitors to a crushing Ashes series victory over England in 2015.

Smith, who had made his Test debut at Lord’s against Pakistan in 2010, was now a batting powerhouse of the world game rather than the leg spinner and number eight which saw him make his bow at the Home of Cricket.

Since making his maiden Test century at The Oval in 2013, Smith had scored ten hundreds in 35 innings by the second day in 2015 at Lord’s, and led Australia to a mammoth 566 for 8 declared.

He put on 284 for the second wicket with Chris Rogers, who made his Test best of 173. It was Australia’s highest partnership for any wicket at Lord’s.

England were bowled out for 312 and when Australia declared their second innings on 254 for 2, they set their hosts a notional 509 to win.

England crumbled to 103 all out and Australia levelled the five-match series at 1-1.