Australia’s Steve Smith notched up his 42nd first-class ton on Tuesday during a Sheffield Shield game between New South Wales and Western Australia. Smith scored 103 off 295 balls and it was also his slowest century in red-ball cricket. But what made news was his bizarre dismissal and his reaction after being given out.
Smith was furious after the umpire gave him out.
He was trying to upper-cut a bouncer from Marcus Stoinis with wicketkeeper Josh Inglis standing up (close to the stumps). After Smith played the shot, the wicketkeeper went up in appeal for a caught-behind and the umpire raised the finger.
Smith was shocked as he stood his ground for sometime before making the long walk back to the pavilion.
Earlier, Smith shared 82-run stand for the second wicket with Daniel Solway to help New South Wales cross the 300-run mark. During the innings, Smith was involved in a 141-run partnership for the third wicket with Moises Henriques.
The Australian has had a phenomenal year so far, amassing 774 runs in just four Tests, including three centuries and as many half-centuries across seven innings. He is the top run-scorer in Tests in 2019 so far, despite having batted in just one series, the 2019 Ashes.
Australia will next host Pakistan for a two-match Test series.