Smith Smith brought up his record-breaking 30th Test hundred at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) during the ongoing third Test match between Australia and South Africa. However, it was an unusual kind of celebration from the former Australian captain. While he did acknowledge the fans and his batting partner Usman Khawaja, he then brought out his “Chainsaw” celebration.
Soon the video of his celebration after his hundred went viral on social media. Later the 33-year-old explained his celebration at a press conference.
‘When I get 100, I’ll reference the chainsaw’
“This morning Marn (Marnus Labuschagne) was complaining about getting chainsawed. Anrich’s ball that got him out kicked up a bit and he got chainsawed,” Smith said at the presser.
“So, I said to him, ‘I thought you were out caught on about 70 anyway, so you’ll be alright, no worries,” he added.
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“He goes, ‘Stop being so negative, Steve. I hope you get chainsawed today,’
“So I said, ‘Alright, when I get 100, I’ll reference the chainsaw,” Smith stated.
Smith shattered several records with his ton
Notably, Smith broke several records with his hundred on Thursday. While he is now levelled with Matthew Hayden as the Australian with the third highest number of centuries and only has Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting ahead of him, he also became the second fastest to clock as many Test hundreds behind the Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar.
The century also helped him surpass Sir Don Bradman, who retired with 29 Test Hundreds to his credit.
Other than Smith’s hundred, Usman Khawaja’s unbeaten 195, Marnus Labuschagne’s 79 and Travis Head’s 70 has helped Australia end Day 2 at 475/4. Anrich Nortje has been the pick of the bowlers for South Africa with figures of 2 for 55 while Keshav Maharaj and Kagiso Rabada also scalped a wicket each.