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Smith hails magical innings

5th August 2019, 05:56 by Michael Holland

Australia are in a great position to win the first Ashes Test after Steve Smith notched his second century of the match.

Fresh from his 144 runs in the first innings, the former Aussie skipper reached 142 in the second as the Baggy Greens declared and set England a target of 398 to win.

England finished the day on 13-0 and have to bat through today to save the Test, but Smith's efforts are likely to have put the match beyond them.

"I have lots of friends and family that stood by me and helped me get through a difficult stage in my life," he said. "My wife is in the stands and was close to tears when I got the first hundred."

Smith joins an elite bunch who have hit centuries in both innings of an Ashes Test and says he is proud to have done so.

"It's extremely special," Smith told Test Match Special. "I've never scored a 100 in both innings in any form of cricket in my life.

"To do it my first game back, in an Ashes Test, knowing how important the first Test is, I'm pleased. We're in a great position now. Hopefully we can make use of that on Monday."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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