It’s been a whirlwind restart to Steve Smith’s career since he returned to the fold after serving a 12-month ban for the ball tampering scandal in South Africa last year.
First it was IPL, where first he was not the captain, then he wasn’t, that was followed by the ICC cricket World Cup where Australia reached the semifinal before being knocked out by hosts and eventual winners England.
Then, playing his first Test for over a year he struck centuries in both innings of the match in Birmingham and that was followed by whole concussion episode where he became the first player to be substituted out of the game.
On the plus side he regained his number one spot in the ICC Test rankings overtaking Virat Kohli.
Having returned for the fourth Test at Old Trafford, Manchester he looked in sublime form on day 1 and ended the day on 60 not out with Australia reaching 170/3 on a rain affected day.
However during the day, there was an interesting incident and one that would have lightened the mood of everyone. With Smith batting on 60 and wind blowing, a beach ball headed the pitch’s way smith just nonchalantly stroked the ball to the boundary, just like he has been doing all his professional life.