Steve Smith reminded the umpires of the number of field players outside the circle.© Twitter
Australian batter Steve Smith scored his first ODI century in nearly two years, helping Australia make a total of 267 for five in 50 overs against New Zealand in the third and final ODI at Cazaly Cricket Stadium in Cairns. Smith registered his 12th ODI ton and made a brilliant 105 from 131 balls. The game awareness of the former Australian captain was also on display. In the 38th over, Smith hit Jimmy Neesham for a six over the square leg line.
It was awarded a no-ball after Smith reminded the umpires of the number of fielders outside the 30-yard circle.
The video was shared by cricket.com.au on their official Twitter handle.
Steve Smith launched a nasty blow over the fence knowing it wasn’t a ball due to the number of fielders outside the circle#AUSvNZ #PlayOfTheDay pic.twitter.com/T3LFFjsCB8
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) September 11, 2022
Australia has already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the Chappell-Hadlee series after winning the opening game by two wickets before thrashing the Black Caps by 113 points in the second.
New Zealand captain Kane Williamson won the toss and sent Australia in and, after a minute’s silence, on the occasion of Queen Elizabeth II’s death.
Australian captain Aaron Finch received a guard of honor from the Black Caps as he walked to the crease in his 146th and final ODI.
He survived a big scream for lbw on one but didn’t last long, bowled by Tim Southee as he attempted a drive from the 13th ball he encountered, leaving for a standing ovation.
It ended a career in which he made 5,406 runs at 38.89, hitting 17 centuries to leave him alone with Ricky Ponting (29), David Warner and Mark Waugh (both 18) in the Australian pecking order.
Finch, 35, announced on Saturday his intention to retire from the 50-over format after poor form but will be in charge of the Twenty20 side for the World Cup at home next month.
(With AFP inputs)
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