Steve Smith has done it again.
The Australian Test No. 3 has reminded the cricket world he is just as handy in the shortest form of the game, smashing his second Big Bash century in a week.
Batting first in the Sydney derby between the Sixers and Thunder, Smith put on an absolute clinic to reach triple figures off just 56 balls.
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Smith bludgeoned the Thunder’s bowlers to all parts of the SCG and brought up his hundred with a huge six.
He finished 125 not out off 66 balls in a sensational innings that featured nine sixes.
The Sixers posted an imposing 2/187 off their 20 overs as Smith and captain Moises Henriques (45 not out off 46 balls) combined for a 155-run partnership — the highest of the Sixers’ season.
Mark Waugh said on Fox Cricket: “He’s just put an absolute clinic here tonight … some sort of display tonight.
“He’s turned into the Hulk tonight.”
“I’m speechless,” Moises Henriques said.
“To think we wouldn’t let him play last year.
“That was incredible. Some of those shots, I was standing up the other end just gobsmacked.”
Remarkably, the explosive knock was Smith’s second Big Bash century in the space of a week, following his hundred in the Sixers’ win over the Adelaide Strikers in Coffs Harbour.
Before his return to the magenta, a male Sixers player had never made a century in the history of the Big Bash. Now they have two, both courtesy of Smith.
A large crowd packed out the SCG and there were hilarious scenes when one of Smith’s sixes landed in a box in the crowd occupied by Parramatta Eels players including halfback Mitchell Moses.
Unfortunately, the Eels couldn’t hold onto the catch in an effort Waugh described as a “knock on”.
David Warner’s Sydney Thunder crumbled in reply to be bowled out for 62, with Warner topscoring with just 16 as the Sixers cruised to a 125-run victory.
“This has been a bloodbath, hasn’t it?” former Australian bowler Brett Lee said on Fox Cricket.