The Ashes 2023: Steve Smith Eyes Emulating World Record In England, Held By Don Bradman
Generational talent Steve Smith is on the heels of equalling Sir Donald Bradman's world record in England, in the upcoming Ashes series. Steve Smith is coming off a century in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India and will be looking to add a few more to his tally in Ashes 2023 against England.
Generational talent Steve Smith is on the heels of equalling Sir Donald Bradman's world record in England, in the upcoming Ashes series | Courtesy: ICC
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Steve Smith is on the heels of equalling Sir Donald Bradman's world record in England, in the upcoming Ashes series
Smith is in great form having smashed a century in the World Test Championship final against India
The 2023 Ashes series is set to begin at Edgbaston on Friday, June 16
The 2023 Ashes is set to kick off in just a couple of days' time at Edgbaston in Birmingham as rejuvenated England take on a solid Australian side at home. The keenly awaited series for several reasons will have some of the best players in the world taking on a side, which is playing the most entertaining and exciting Test cricket at the moment since Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum took the reins of the side last year.
Both Australia and England are coming off wins in their last game. While Australia became the World Test champions last week beating India in the final, England beat Ireland by 10 wickets to begin a huge Test summer with a good win in London. Australia will not be an easy fish to fry for the England side because it will be interesting to see how their aggressive approach works against the likes of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Scott Boland.
Not just the bowlers, Australian batters are in form too. Steve Smith and Travis Head had scored match-winning centuries last week, and Alex Carey gave a good audition at No. 6 as it will be a challenge for England bowlers to stop this famed batting line-up. Among others Smith will be the most important batter for Australia. The vice-captain scored 774 runs in just 7 innings in an outrageous Ashes series last year where he was eating English bowlers for breakfast, lunch and tea.
If Australia have to do well, Smith is key for them and if he comes off, it would be warning signs for England. Smith has 1882 runs to his name in England and has seven centuries to his name in the country, on level with Steve Waugh. If Smith scores four more centuries, he will be on level with Sir Donald Bradman, who has the most number of centuries by a visiting batter (11).
Most centuries in Tests in England by a visiting batter