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Ashes 1st Test: England need to find a way to get ‘world class’ Steve Smith out, says Chris Woakes

first_img Reuters BirminghamAugust 4, 2019UPDATED: August 4, 2019 08:53 IST Ashes 1st Test: Steve Smith was hit on the helmet by a Ben Stokes bouncer on Day 3 (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith followed up his 1st innings 144 with an unbeaten 45 on Day 3Smith steadied Australia after they lost Warner and Bancroft early in the 2nd inningsEngland will be hoping to see the back of Smith as early as possible on Day 4Steve Smith has scored almost half of Australia’s runs himself in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston, with how he performs on day four likely to have a big say in who gains the early advantage in the series.Smith was stripped of the captaincy and handed a 12-month ban by Cricket Australia after teammate Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera attempting to change the condition of the ball with sandpaper during a March 2018 Test in South Africa.Bancroft and David Warner were also banned for their part in the incident and returned to Test action on Thursday. While Warner has endured his third-worst return in Tests in which he has batted twice, Smith has picked up where he left off.He rescued his side who were in big trouble at 122-8 in the first innings with his 23rd Test ton in just 64 matches and his unbeaten 45 in the second innings dragged his side, 27-2 when he came to the crease, out of the mire again.”If you could sort out a dodgy breakfast for him that would be great,” joked England bowler Chris Woakes, whose side trail Australia by 34 runs.”We’ll go back to the drawing board and figure out what works best on this wicket.”He is obviously a world class player, but we need to find a way to get him out.”That is easier said than done. Smith currently averages 145.71 in his last 10 Test innings against England.While Rory Burns’ century in England’s first innings was full of class and determination, he survived many near misses, two reviews, one leg before wicket appeal that was not given, with replays showing he was fortunate to escape.advertisementSmith is batting unbelievably: James PattinsonSmith, though, has looked unflappable throughout all three days at Edgbaston so far. Even a nasty blow on the head on the end of a bouncer from Ben Stokes late on Saturday did little to unnerve the former captain.”Smithy is batting unbelievably,” Australia bowler James Pattinson said. “I was talking about great players to the press before, and I said the best players stand up when it really matters, and he has done that here against England.”He lifts the group when he is out there.”It looks like it will be down to Smith to help steer his side to what could be an unlikely victory.Remove him early on Sunday, and England will fancy their chances of quickly wrapping up an opening win.Also Read | Raw talent Navdeep Saini can definitely build a name for himself: Virat KohliAlso Read | Gautam Gambhir blasts Bishen Bedi, Chetan Chauhan after Navdeep Saini’s dream India debutAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow AshesFollow England VS AustraliaFollow Chris WoakesFollow James Pattinson Ashes 1st Test: England need to find a way to get ‘world class’ Steve Smith out, says Chris WoakesSteve Smith once again stepped up and delivered for Australia as the former captain walked in at 27 for 2 and struck an unbeaten 45 to help Australia end Day 3 with a 34-run lead. advertisementlast_img read more