Steve Smith becomes fifth Australian to score twin centuries of an Ashes Test

The Aussie No. 4 has kept his team's chances of winning the opening Ashes Test with two memorable hundreds against England.

Steve Smith has returned to Test cricket with back-to-back hundreds.   -  REUTERS

Although Steve Smith was deprived of Test cricket for more than a year, his appetite for runs has not diminished.

On his return to Test match cricket after serving bans for his role in a ball-tampering fiasco in South Africa last year, Smith's scored twin centuries to give his team a chance of winning the Edgbaston Test.

In the first innings with Australia reduced to 122-8, Smith pulled his team out of trouble by scoring 144 to take the total to 284. Again in the second innings, Smith scored another century to wipe out England's lead of 90 and in the process help set a challenging target for the host to chase down.

Smith is only the fifth Australian batsman to score centuries in both innings of an Ashes Test and only the third Australian to achieve the feat in England.

This is the first time in his career Smith has managed two hundreds in a single match.

His Ashes form has also been remarkable with six consecutive scores of fifty and more.