Roar – Steven Smith’s gritty ton and his partnerships with the Australian lower-order helped them turn a first innings strife into a position of strength against England on day three of the first Ashes Test match.

Summary

  • Steven Smith’s gritty ton and his partnerships with the Australian lower-order helped them turn a first innings strife into a position of strength against England on day three of the first Ashes Test match.
  • With Joe Root missing the trick immediately after the lunch break by not starting with either Stuart Broad or the supposedly injured James Anderson, Smith and Pat Cummins battled past the England score and put them in the green.
  • A deflated England bowling – and you would expect that by the time the Smith-Cummins partnership had lasted more than 30 overs – were unable to take advantage of what seemed to have turned into a quicker pitch than what had been on offer on the first two and a half days.
  • England will know they need to bat most part of day four to put the pressure back on Australia but against a bowling attack breathing fire and on a surface that’s mirroring those emotions, it would be a steep ask.
  • Prediction A fighting England will push Australia hard on the fourth day but the quickening pitch could play a part and the hosts will be set a target that shouldn’t be too tough to chase.


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