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Smith hailed by McGrath

8th August 2019, 09:51 by Nick Harris

Glenn McGrath says Steve Smith has redeemed himself with his century exploits at Edgbaston as Australia won the first Test.

England looked to be well on top in the game with the tourists struggling at 128-8 in the first innings but along came Smith to the rescue and, with the help of Peter Siddle, saw Australia to a decent first innings.

Smith then repeated the trick in the second innings with another century and set up a first Test win for the tourists which sees them well on the way to defending the Ashes.

Having served his suspension for the well-documented ball-tampering scandal, McGrath feels Smith is back on the right track.

"You have to go out there and let the bat do the talking. The crowd was giving Smith a pretty hard time," said McGrath

"For him to come out there and perform shows the mental strength he has.

"He just went out there and looked at ease, he looked like he had so much more time than anyone else in the whole match. That shows class. That episode made him a lot hungrier.

"Those were a couple of special innings, they meant a lot to him and the rest of the team."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Nick Harris is a long-standing journalist who specialises in football and rugby league. An avid golfer, Nick also follows the major boxing fights closely.

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