Australian skipper Steve Smith continued to batter England bowlers on Day 3 of 3rd Test in Perth by notching his 22nd Test century and 7th against the visitors to keep his side on track in reply to England's first innings total of 403. Smith's incredible batting ability earned the praise of Indian cricket stalwart Rohit Sharma, who recently got his third double ton during the 2nd ODI against Sri Lanka in Mohali.
Smith appeared to toy with the English bowlers at times as he notched his second century of the series. En route, he also passed 1000 runs in a calendar year for the fourth consecutive time, a feat previously achieved only by Matthew Hayden. While keeping Australia well within the game in reply to Joe Root and Co's clinical performance with the bat.
Smith resumed the day on 92 and wasted little time cruising to his hundred, notching the milestone by effortlessly working Jimmy Anderson off his pads for a boundary. It came from just 138 balls, the fastest century of his career in terms of balls faced, and in his 107th Test knock. Only Don Bradman (58 innings) and Sunil Gavaskar (101 innings) have reached 22 Test centuries in fewer innings. Smith's heroics with the bat got Rohit, who is captaining the Indian team in the absence of Virat Kohli, excited and he couldn't resist hailing the Aussie skipper on Twitter. Skipper Smith who scored 182 runs at the end of second session at day 3. Australia are now lead the first innings by 18 runs.