The third Ashes match between England and Australia is in good shape. Both the teams are going head-to-head in this match which is going on at Headingley Stadium in Leeds. This is the 100th Test match for former Australia captain Steve Smith. In this particular match, Smith could not make a big knock in the first innings. But he broke a big record while fielding.
It was expected that Steve Smith will play a big knock in his 100th Test match. However, in the first innings of this match, he lost his wicket after scoring 22 runs off 31 balls. Smith could not make a big knock in the first innings. But he performed brilliantly while fielding. Smith took not one or two but as many as five catches in the first innings of the Headingley Test. On the strength of this performance, Smith broke the record of former Australian legend Allan Border.
Smith has moved up to the third highest number of catches for Australia in international cricket, while Border has slipped to fourth. The first number is former Australian captain Ricky Ponting. Ponting has taken 363 catches in his international career. Mark Waugh, who took 289 catches in his career, is second in this list.
Most catches in international cricket for Australia –
363 – Ricky Ponting
289 – Mark Waugh
284* – Steve Smith
283 – Allen Border
Overall, England won the toss and invited Australia to bat first. The Australian team lost all wickets in the first innings for 263 runs in 60.4 overs. In reply, England’s first innings was bowled out for just 237 runs. Mark Wood (5 wickets) for England, while captain Pat Cummins (6 wickets) for Australia performed the maximum. Among the batsmen, Mitchell Marsh (118) scored a century for Australia, while in reply, captain Ben Stokes scored a crucial knock of 80 runs for England. After the first innings, the Australian team got a lead of 26 runs. (Steve Smith has reached the third highest number of catches for Australia)
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