It may be premature to link Steve Smith with the quest to overcome the remarkable figures of 13,378 runs and 41 Test centuries compiled by Ricky Ponting, except for the minor detail that at similar points in their careers, Smith is ahead of the pace Ponting posted.
Well, as they say, standing on the shoulders of giants is the place where the view is best, so perhaps, barring misfortune, Smith can eventually catch and surpass Ponting.
That optimistic speculation comes on the heels of Smith’s century under the lights at the Gabba in the first Test against Pakistan.
He concluded at 110 not out after receiving the gift of a bonus life on 97 when Pakistan spearhead Mohammad Amir and the Pakistan side failed to appeal an obvious edge on the outside of Smith’s willow.
Amir seemed to have Smith stuck in the 90s, holding him there for 28 deliveries where Australia managed to advance the scoreboard by a paltry three runs in the seven over final stretch.
Smith was also dropped on 53, but still managed, along with Peter Handscomb’s 64 not out to lead Australia to seize complete control on day one at 3 – 288 at stumps.
The Gabba crowd was so boisterous that the security forces ejected bathers from the recently installed pool.