India, Sept. 6 -- A concussion-causing blow to his neck from the fastest bowler in the world barely halted one Steve Smith innings from reaching three-figures in the course of his comeback series. What chance did our whistles and jeers ever stand?

Forget the fact that his four scores of 144, 142, 92 and 211 since August has already made Smith this calendar's top run-getter in Test cricket. Forget that he now has more Ashes hundreds in England, six, than any Englishman does in England against Australia. And also forget that ridiculous stat which states that he can now afford to string together thirty consecutive zeroes and still watch his Test average buoy above 50.

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