AUS v SA, WATCH: Steve Smith brings back chainsaw celebration after surpassing Don Bradman in SCG test
Steve Smiththe modern great, has continued his sensational form in the Australian summer and snapped a sparkling century in the ongoing third and final Test against South Africa at the Syndey Cricket Ground on Thursday.
Smith hit the 30th hundred of his glorious Test career and jumped legendary Sir Donald Bradman in the count of tons. Smith surpassed Bradman’s 29 Test hundreds with a remarkable draw shot from the Proteas pacer Anrich Nortje to the frontier ropes to claim a stunning hundred on his home base.
Immediately after reaching the three-digit mark, Smith went for his traditional party, but with an added twist. After acknowledging the crowd, the New South Wales cricketer hugged his teammate Usman Khawaja, which had also broken a century earlier. Then Smith did something unusual as he pointed to the locker rooms before putting down his bat and imitating a chainsaw.
Here’s the video:
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However, Smith was sacked shortly after returning a regulation catch to the South African spinner Keshav Maharaj. After the end of the day, the former Aussie skipper was questioned about his chainsaw party.
In response to the question, Smith revealed that the chainsaw celebration was nothing more than his way of making fun of it Marnus Labuschagnewho was sacked by Nortje for 79 on opening day.
“This morning Marn (Marnus Labuschagne) complained about chainsaws. Anrich’s ball that took him out kicked up a bit and he got a chainsaw. So I told him, “I thought you were around 70 anyway, so you’ll be fine, don’t worry.” He says, “Stop being so negative, Steve. I hope you get a chainsaw today,” so I said, “Okay if I get 100, I’ll refer to the chainsaw.” Smith said as he spoke to reporters.
Speaking of the day, Australia have kept control after finishing 475/4 in 131 overs. Smith and Khawaja started proceedings and held off the South African bowlers. The duo formed a stunning 209 run partnership for the third wicket. While Smith was dismissed for 104, Khawaja sails for his first double ton. The left-handed batter is undefeated at 195 wide Matt Renshawwho is not after 5. Travis head also played a vital quick knock of 70 from 59 deliveries.
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