Ashes 2019: An intense ‘Smith Show’ saves Australia downing in first innings
Steve Smith shrugged off all the messes around him through making a majestic return to Test cricket. In the first day of the first Ashes Test at the Edgbaston, Smith’s brilliant ton rescued Australia from an embarrassing disaster in their first innings.
At stumps of day one, England were 10 without loss facing 2 overs, trailing by 274 runs from the first innings of Australia. Rory Burns and Jason Roy are in the crease for the home team.
In the opening innings, the former Aussie captain reached into his 24th Test hundred dragging Aussies to 284 from the position when the visitors lost 7 wickets for 112.
Nothing favored the Australians in the day except the coin. Tim Pain won the toss and as soon as he stepped to bat first, English pacers proved that greatly wrong.
Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes caused the chief havoc in the opposition batting line up claiming eight wickets in between them.
Broad stood out with a figure of 5 for 86 while his lesser counterpart Woakes grabbed 3 for 58.
In nearly after one and half years following the disgrace of Sandpaper gate, the formerly banned trio David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft all returned to playing field with boos and mockeries erupting from the crowd following them to the ground.
Both Bancroft and Warner worn out in the very beginning with scores of 8 and 2 respectively but Smith have had silent plans; and he executed that accomplishing yet another century.
His gritty 144-runs knock required 219 deliveries slashing 16 fours and 2 sixes. The number ten batsman Peter Siddle (44 off 85) allied Smith mostly with the second highest score of the innings.
Reigning Ashes champion Australia are looking to win their first Test series away to England for 18 years.
Australia 1st innings 284 all out (80.4 overs)
Steven Smith 144, Peter Siddle 44, Travis Head 35
Stuart Broad 5/86, Chris Woakes 3/58, Moeen Ali 1/42
England 1st innings 10/0 (2 overs)
Rory Burns 4*, Jason Roy 6*