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Twitter Reactions: Steve Smith roars to a century against England in Southampton

He was booed by the crowd when he walked out to bat and even when he raised his bat to celebrate the hundred.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith. (Photo by Steve Bardens/Getty Images)

Steve Smith after everything he had to go through is currently playing for Australia in their World Cup 2019 warm-up match against England at the Rose Bowl in Southampton. The Aussies were batting first and Smith walked out to bat in the 17th over when David Warner was dismissed on 43 by Liam Plunkett. On expected lines, he was greeted with boos by the English crowd, but that only motivated him to stamp his authority.

Australia were 82/2 at that stage and really needed a partnership to establish the innings. Smith had Shaun Marsh as his partner as the duo initiated the rebuilding process. The former captain got to his half-century off a mere 52 balls and most importantly, didn’t play any stroke to prove himself, but was calm in his approach and knew what he wanted to do.

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On a belter of a wicket, the English bowlers consistently troubled the batsmen, as Smith lost quite a few partners at the other end, but carried on in his own merry way. Marsh contributed 30 runs to the total but was dismissed when they had 108 runs on the board, Usman Khawaja batted with him for a while before getting out to Liam Dawson for 31. Marcus Stoinis’ stay in the middle didn’t last long either.

Smith was there, he knew the team needed it and so did he. In the first game of the World Cup campaign, though this doesn’t count as an official game, it did, for him. On the first ball of the 48th over, he smacked Ben Stokes over backward point for a six to reach 99. He was now, just a run short of a magnificent hundred.

On the very next delivery, he attempted a pull, though it was mistimed still got him the run and a ton off 94 balls. He took off the helmet and raised his bat. But the English crowd in the stands wasn’t done with their part of the show. He was still booed by the crowd, but it didn’t bother Steve Smith.

His knock came to a close on 116 off 102 balls and was Tom Curran‘s first and only wicket in the game. Australia eventually finished their innings on 297/9 in 50 overs.

Here is how Twitter praised Smith for the stupendous knock:

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