Daily Mail UK – BRISBANE, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Allowing the home captain to score an unbeaten century might not seem like ‘mission accomplished’ for an opposing team’s bowlers, but paceman Stuart Broad believes England have Steve Smith right where they want him in the series-opening Ashes test.

Summary

  • BRISBANE, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Allowing the home captain to score an unbeaten century might not seem like ‘mission accomplished’ for an opposing team’s bowlers, but paceman Stuart Broad believes England have Steve Smith right where they want him in the series-opening Ashes test.
  • England then lost two wickets to be 33 for two and leave an enthralling test match still very much in the balance.
  • Having had to soak up 326 balls in his slowest ever century, Smith later said he was surprised at how defensive England captain Joe Root had set his fields and that he expected boundaries to be hard to come by further down the track.
  • Australia’s Josh Hazlewood removed Alastair Cook for seven and James Vince for two, but England’s rookie opener Mark Stoneman (19 not out) and Root (five not out) survived a nervous period before stumps.
  • “You can so easily lose four-five wickets and that´s the test match gone in those sessions.


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