James Matthey jamesmatthey news.com.au July 12, 2019 7:29am Now where the country's first question was once, "How do we solve Brexit?" Tearful interviews and remorse followed that day in Cape Town as both Smith and Australia set about repairing their respective images amid a backdrop of scorn and distrust. He simply had to trust that his luck would change. It was not just Smith versus England, of course, during a fluctuating day when the Australians pulled themselves back from the brink. But there was still a deficit. The legendary Sachin Tendulkar on Monday congratulated Australia for winning the first Ashes Test and heaped special praise on Steve Smith for making a remarkable comeback in the longer version of the game. The match was a personal triumph for Australia’s Steve Smith, who in his first Test since a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal, scored 144 and 142. Although hardly singing a solo, I vocally condemned Steve Smith for his role in the ball-tampering abomination in Cape Town 15 months ago. He was the favourite for the most runs and man of the match at the Gabba, but Steve Smith suffered a rare failure. He was the Man of the Match. "He's probably the best Test batsman we've ever seen. Not Smith, though. "I copped a bit of stick out there but I'm not paying much attention to that and fortunately we've got a good Aussie contingent here. A tribute to Steve Smith: Cricket's great method actor with the ability to embrace both the orthodox and the unorthodox. As Australia claimed a crushing 251-run victory in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston Monday, Smith once again moved into the spotlight, and in his own way, with that constant fidgeting and filleting of England's bowlers, gave a timely reminder of his supreme talent. 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I was jut letting time pass and when I got my elbow brace off after surgery something clicked and I was ready to play cricket again. "He knows exactly what he's trying to do, exactly what the opposition are trying to do and he analyzes every ball - it's like a computer, he spits out the answer.". Rajasthan Royals (RR) vs Chennai Super Kings (CSK) Match 4 Live Score Updates: Yashasvi Jaiswal departed after scoring just 6 runs but Steve Smith is slowly getting into the groove. Credit: Getty Images. I did lose that love for a little bit but I'm back doing what I love now and it's great. Perhaps it's England's turn to press the reset button. Nathan Lyon, who, if he had a wicket for every time he had beaten Burns’s outside edge would already have 30 for the series, finally got his man. He's one of the best Test batsmen we've seen and he seems to be getting even better. Steve Smith plays a shot watched by England's Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler.Credit: Such is Smith’s influence on this Test match, England cannot assume favouritism until he is out. Steve Smith said winning the Ashes in England was in his 'bucket list' after Australia retained the urn with a 185-run win in the fourth Test in Manchester on Sunday (September 8). That was as special as my first hundred back in 2013. Steve Smith plays a shot watched by England's Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler. "Everyone is going to cop it in England. "It speak a lot to his character as well. Sanju Samson is giving him a good company. Steve Smith was hit on the head by a bouncer from Ben Stokes. He became the second international player to achieve a Test batting rating of 947, only behind Don Bradman’s 961. Smith was assigned a new role at 4 and he did reasonably well of being the anchor man of the team. Enter Steve Smith, and the beginning of the match within the match. Australia captain Tim Paine paid tribute to his side's star batsman Steve Smith after a convincing 251-run victory over England in the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston. Late on Saturday afternoon at Edgbaston, Steve Smith was hit on the head by a bouncer from Ben Stokes. There are few players as talented or as unorthodox as Smith. 0m 44s. Steve Smith of Australia celebrates after reaching his second century during the first Test. Of all the batsmen on both sides, only Smith had struck the ball with similar authority. He looked as if he was in an altered state, but with Smith how could a diagnosing doctor really tell? Steve Smith the difference as Australia retain Ashes, say Root and Paine – video Tim Paine will become the first Australian captain to fly back from England with the Ashes since Steve … It was a relief to get it out of the way. Nathan Lyon of Australia claimed six wickets in England's second innings. England will need to find something else. 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