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Steve Smith saves Australia with 144 after a tragic collapse
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Steve Smith saves Australia with 144 after a tragic collapse

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In a nothing short of a miraculous performance, Australia's Steve Smith made a magnificent 144 and helped Australia to make a competitive total of 284 against England in the Ashes Series at Edgebaston.From a miserable 122 for 8, Steve Smith stitched a ninth wicket partnership with Peter Siddle. They added 88 for the ninth wicket, frustrating England and silencing the crowd until Siddle was caught at short leg off Moeen Ali for 44.

Smith, who was then 85, continued his attempt to save Australia from a tragedy by building tenth wicket partnership with Nathan Lyon. On his way to build a fighting total for Australia, Smith drove Ben Stokes for four to reach his 24th Test century. The duo, Smith and Nathan Lyon, added another 74 runs, taking advantage of an England attack without James Anderson, who is awaiting the results of a scan on a calf injury that restricted him to only four overs.

Smith made his return to Test cricket spectacular after the ball-tampering scandal to halt England's charge on the opening day of the Ashes at Edgbaston.At 144, Smith was bowled by Stuart Broad.England’s Rory Burns and Jason Roy then played two overs as the hosts ended the day on 10/0.

Stuart Board, Chris Woakes hunt Aussies heads

Earlier, the pace attack from Stuart Board and Chris Woakes wreaked a virtual havoc in Australian batting line up at Edgbaston on the first day of the Ashes Series on Thursday and Australia struggle with 122 for 8. Giving a blow to Australia’s dream of winning the first Ashes series in England in 18 years, England bowlers made early breakthrough by taking three crucial wickets soon after the play has begun at Edgbaston on Thursday.

Australia lost three crucial wickets of Cameron Bancroft (8), David Warner (2) and Usman Khawaja (13). From a poor 43 for 3, Steve Smith and Travis Head slowly built a fourth wicket partnership and pushed the score to 83 for three during lunch break. But soon after the lunch the second series of set back begins and Australia against began to lose wickets one after the other.

For England, while Stuart Board scalped four wickets, Christ Woakes picked three wickets. Except Steve Smith (47), Travis (35) and Usman Khawaja (13), no other batsmen could reach double digit. Earlier, Australia captain Tim Paine won the toss and decided to bat in the first Ashes Test against England at Edgbaston on Thursday. Ashes-holders Australia has not won a match of any kind at Edgbaston since 2001.