Australia beat newly crowned world champions England by 251 runs in the first Ashes test to give the Aussies a 1-0 lead in the series on Monday, August 5th.
Nathan Lyon produced a wonderful performance as he bowled out six batsmen, but there was no doubt that Steve Smith was the star of the show as he batted an incredible 144 to help his side to victory.
England set an impressive 398 target, and the Australians looked like they were struggling to catch up as they managed only 122-8 in their first innings. They were eventually rescued by Steve Smith who managed 144 to lift the Aussies to 266. He then pulled off an incredible 142 in his second innings to put the Australians in front.
The star batsman was making his comeback after serving a 12-month ban for his role in ball tampering in a test match against South Africa in March 2018. The Aussies ultimately managed a total of 487-7 for a comfortable win.
AFP reported that Australia’s captain Tim Paine praised Smith for getting them out of the predicament. "I thought we were certainly up against it at that stage (122-8) but we had the best player in the world at the crease," Paine said. "We're running out of things to say about Smithy. He's probably the best Test batsman we've ever seen."
Smith, David Warner, and Cameron Bancroft were all booed by the Edgbaston crowd as they returned from their suspensions for the infamous ball tampering last year. Paine said that they had anticipated the hostile crowd reaction.
"We know every Test we play in England; the crowd will be against us. I thought the guys handled themselves really well and we've come out on top," said Paine.