Steve Smith equals Don Bradman with a historic century vs West Indies at Perth
Australia is taking on West Indies in the first Test of the two-match series at the Perth Stadium. Australia won the toss and decided to bat first, and they are dominating the Caribbean team on the second day as well.
It was the pair of Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne who just took the game away from the West Indies. Both batters added a 251-run partnership for the third wicket. And Labuschagne got out on the last ball before lunch after scoring a brilliant double century.
He scored 204 off 350 runs with 20 fours and one six, while his veteran partner also registered yet another milestone. Australia started the day at 293/2, with Smith on 59 and Labuschagne on 154. Both batters started where they ended on the first day.
Smith also brought up his 29th Test century to equal legendary Australian batter Don Bradman. He reached his century off 179 balls, and it was his second Test ton in three innings. Smith scored a brilliant 145 not out against Sri Lanka in July at Galle.
The 33-year-old equals the record of Bradman (29) for most centuries for Australia in Test. Only former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting (41), Steve Waugh (32) and Mathew Hayden (30) are ahead him in centuries tally.
On the other hand, Labuschagne registered his second double century of his career, after a his 215 at the SCG against New Zealand in January 2020. Batting first, Australia lost David Warner early after he got out for 5 runs.
Then, Usman Khawaja added 142-run partnership with Labuschagne for the second wicket. Khawaja got out after scoring a well-made 65 runs. Australia are moving towards a big score and they might look to play only one innings in this game before declaring after reaching a substancial total in their first innings.