A gritty century from former captain Steve Smith has rescued the Aussies on first day of the opening Ashes Test match at Edgbaston.
The 30-year-old survived the early carnage to notch up a well earn ton in his first match back since being suspended for 12 months in the sandpaper controversy back in 2018.
Smith’s 144 helped the visitors to a respectable total of 284, a far cry from the situation they found themselves in at 8/122.
Some valiant batting from tail enders Petter Siddle and Nathan Lyon kept the innings alive, allowing Smith to bring up an emotional century. Veteran Siddle managed to soak up 85 deliveries on his way to 44, while Lyon made 12 in a 74 run partnership with Smith.
First Test back, first innings, 24th Test hundred – Steve Smith take a bow. 👏
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) August 1, 2019