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Smith's astonishing match-winning ability

Smith's astonishing match-winning ability

Steve Smith made a remarkable comeback to Test cricket with a stunning display of batting in the Ashes series opener at Edgbaston. The former Australian captain headlined the first Test with centuries in both innings to lead his team to a thumping 251-run win over the traditional foes.

Smith’s brilliance with the bat astonished everyone primarily since this was his first Test since the expiry of a 12-month ban owing to his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal. While Smith brought up the 25th century of his career with the sublime knock in the second innings, another intriguing statistic outlines his exquisite match-winning ability.

Among players whose centuries have ended in a loss in the least number of games, Smith has one of the lowest percentage of centuries in a losing cause in Tests. Only 2 of his 25 hundreds have seen Australia end up on the losing side, depicting the significance of his valuable contributions.