Steve Smith has produced an explosive innings to become the first men’s player to score a Big Bash century for the Sydney Sixers.
Back in magenta after the Test summer, Smith went absolutely berserk with the bat during the first innings against the Adelaide Strikers in Coffs Harbour on Tuesday night.
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Opening the batting, Smith was given a life on just two when the ball rolled back onto his stumps but the zing bails didn’t light up.
He made the most of the good fortune, going on to strike a flawless century off 56 balls.
Smith was in superb touch, timing the ball well and finding the boundary with ease.
He brought his century up with the seventh six of his innings but was run out soon after for 101.
Smith ambitiously tried to get up and down the pitch for two runs but was sensibly sent back by Moises Henriques.
Smith slipped midway down the pitch trying to turn around and was left short of his ground.
Nonetheless, it was a milestone innings for Smith, who hadn’t scored a T20 century since 2016 in the IPL.
Smith’s previous high score in the Big Bash was an unbeaten 66.
He also finally brought up the first century for the Sydney Sixers in Big Bash history.
The men in magenta are finally on the board — Alyssa Healy has five centuries and Ellyse Perry two for the Sixers in the WBBL.
Before Smith finally broke through with the century, there were seven scores in the 90s for the team including Josh Phillippe’s 99 last year, James Vince’s 98 in the 2020/21 season and Hayden Kerr’s 98 last season were all not out.
The Sixers lost three quick wickets after Smith’s departure but Jordan Silk and Dan Christian steadied the ship to set a total of 5/203.