After Watson on Day One, Smith stars for Baggy Greens on Day Two

By Hitesh Jain on Aug 24, 2013 | The Ashes 2013
The fifth Ashes test started on a positive note for Australian team, who have had a rather miserable outing in the ongoing first of the two Ashes series. If Shane Watson with his innings of 176 runs comprising of 25 four and 1 six was the star for Baggy Greens on Day One for the Baggy Greens in the fifth test match; then it was Steven Smith’s turn to be in limelight on Day Two. Smith carried his bat on Day One alongside night watchman Siddle. After losing a session to rain an bad light, Australia came out with the intent of scoring runs at fast pace and putting England to bat during the end hours of the day.

This intent was converted into scores by Steven Smith and the remainder of the Australian batting line up. After departure of Brad Haddin, every cricketer who came on to the field maintained a strike rate of over 100, be it James Faulkner with the help of his 4 fours or Mitchell Starc with his strike rate of over 160 or Harris with his 27 balls 33 runs. While the tail end of the Australian batting was raining barrage at the Kia Oval, Steven Smith stuck to his innings and completed his maiden century.

Smith had lost out on century couple of times in the series and remained unbeaten, after his breaching his maiden century mark, on 138 runs when Australia declared their first innings at 492 runs for the loss of 9 wickets.
Last updated - Aug 24, 2013 04:09 AM
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