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24th Test Century under belt; Steve Smith overtakes Virat
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24th Test Century under belt; Steve Smith overtakes Virat

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Steve Smith on Thursday marked his return to Test cricket with a gritty century to rescue Australia on the opening day of the Ashes series at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Australia were reeling at 122/8 against England but Smith defied all odds to take the visitors' total to 284. Smith scored 144 runs to bring up his 24th Test century in 118 innings and became the second fastest batsman to do so. Smith made a memorable come back against England in the Ashes Series at Edgbastor after serving served a 12-month ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.

Only Donald Bradman got his 24th century in fewer innings (66). Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar took 123 and 125 innings respectively.