Steve Smith's legendary Ashes return ends with 774 runs, average of 110.57
has finished his Ashes 2019, a legendary return to Test cricket, with truckload of runs and an Bradmanesque average.
Smith, who spent a year away from international cricket following his involvement in an orchestrated attempt to tamper with the ball during a Test match last year, has made up for the time lost with 774 runs at a monstrous average of 110.57. He went past his own record of scoring 769 runs against India during the 2014-15 season.
He began the Ashes with twin centuries (144 and 142) which paved the way for a historic win. He then followed his exciting where he notched up a brilliant 92 in the second Test, but was denied a third century after he was trapped lbw by . It was here that Smith was felled by a sickening short ball to the head by Jofra Archer which forced him to miss out on the .
Although he missed the action at Leeds, Smith proved his appetite for runs striking a breathtaking double century , 211 to be exact and added 82 to it which didn't go the winning way this time thanks to , who saw the hosts to a thrilling one-wicket win.
In the at the Oval, Smith made 80 in his first innings and then, to everyone's surprise, departed for just 23 -- his lowest score this series -- after Stokes picked up a stunner at Smith off . If Smith walked out to boos from the partisan fans at London, we received a standing ovation after he departed for one last time in the Ashes.
Smith's tally of runs is the highest scored by a batsman in a Test series since 1994. Brian Lara had accumulated 778 runs in a series 25 years ago.
Smith also joins an elite list of batsmen who have registered more than 700 runs in a Test series more than once. The others who have done this before are , , , and .
His has registered 10 consecutive 50+ scores against England in the course of this year's Ashes series. Smith's feat has been achieved by no other batsman before against any opposition. had nine consecutive 50-plus scores against England..