Steve Smith 144, Stuart Broad 5 for 86 highlight opening day of Ashes 2019

first_imgSteve Smith scored 144 on his return to test cricket after a ban for ball-tampering as Australia recovered from 122-8 to 284 all out against England on the opening day of the Ashes series on Thursday.England openers Rory Burns (4 not out) and Jason Roy (6 not out) confidently survived two overs in the evening session to reach stumps at 10-0 in the first test.Smith and Peter Siddle came to the rescue of Australia’s first innings with an 88-run partnership for the ninth wicket at Edgbaston, and Smith then shared 74 runs with Nathan Lyon for the last wicket in an extraordinary turnaround.Smith was finally bowled while trying to smash Stuart Broad. His 219-ball knock included two sixes and 16 fours.Former captain Smith earned his first test ton and 24th test century overall in only 65 games after a 12-month suspension for being involved in a ball-tampering scandal during the third test against South Africa in 2018. He reached his century by hitting Ben Stokes to the boundary, triggering a mixture of boos and plenty of applause from the Birmingham crowd.Siddle, who was selected for his bowling, hit a valuable 44 before he sent a delivery from offspinner Mooen Ali to Jos Buttler at short leg.No. 11 Lyon was 12 not out.England had reduced Australia to 154-8 at tea after the visitors chose to bat and reached 83-3 in overcast conditions at lunch. But Smith and Siddle started to dominate after tea when play resumed following a short rain delay.Also Read | Ashes 2019: Steve Smith 2nd fastest after Don Bradman to hit 24 Test hundredsAlso Seeadvertisementlast_img read more