Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Smith, Marsh decimate England

Smith, Marsh decimate England

But like his England team-mates, he was on the receiving end of Steve Smith and Mitchell Marsh's dominance.

This is the second ton for Smith in the series after his century at the Gabba in the first match.

"You look at the other better players in the world; Virat Kohli is on a pretty high pedestal but then you look at Joe Root and Kane Williamson, as far as I'm concerned those guys are nowhere near as good as Steven Smith and I've said that for a long time", Ponting told Cricktet Australia's (CA) website today.

He also notched his 1,000th run for the year, and joined former Australia opener Matthew Hayden in reaching the mark four years in succession.

During his surge, Smith passed the 1000 runs in a season barrier for the fourth consecutive calendar year.

"I think it was his 53rd delivery that was the first time he'd faced Anderson".

Resuming on 92, Smith reached his 22nd Test century off 138 balls, his quickest in terms of balls faced.

"A lot of the batsmen don't play smart like he does". Haydos scored his runs at an average of 60-plus for the first three years as his average took a beating in 2004- 43.19.

The key difference for Australia as opposed to so many of Smith's other masterclasses, was that it wasn't entirely a one-man show. While Kohli certainly is ahead of all his contemporaries in limited overs cricket, former English captain turned commentator Michael Vaughan believes that Smith is now lording over his Indian counterpart in Tests.

England great Kevin Pietersen lamented the powder puff bowling tossed up to Marsh, with a limitless offering of half-volleys helping him bludgeon the scoreboard.

Smith, meanwhile, kept his run-rate rocketing along and had 23 boundaries and one six leading into the tea break on day three.

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