Steve Smith had to wait 9 years after debuting in Test to be part of an Australian team that retained the Ashes urn on English soil. Smith was part of the tours of the Australian teams in 2013 and 2015 who had returned home from Old Blighty empty-handed.
However, Steve Smith made sure to mark the glory of Ashes on English soil from his wish list after the Manchester Test between Australia and England on Sunday. It was Smith who showed his superhuman abilities and defeated England in the Ashes 2019 series.
Tim Paine’s men became the first Australian team since Steve Waugh’s visiting team in 2001 to retain the Ashes Urn in England when they beat Joe Root’s men by 185 races in the Fourth Ash Test in Manchester . With a victory of 185 races, Australia has taken an unbeatable 2-1 lead in the 5-game series.
Steve Smith led Australia from the front with a double hundred in the first inning and a quick 82 shot that took his lead in the second inning to 382. England was challenging on day 5 while fighting until the last hour of play on Sunday, but it was not enough to prevent Australia from taking glory.
Speaking after the famous victory for Ashes 2019 official announcers, Steve Smith said: “It feels amazing to know that the urn is coming home. Incredibly special.”
“I have been here several times, things have not gone well and we have not had our best performance in 2013 and 2015. To return here, I always wanted to mark my wish list to get the urn here. Obviously there is another game and we would like win it. Extremely satisfying, “Smith added.
Steve Smith returned to the cricket test after his ban on handling the 12-month ball in style while hitting hundreds of twins in the Edgbaston Opening Test. However, he was excluded from the second entry of the second test extracted in Lord’s and the third test in Leeds due to a concussion. He was hit in the neck by a vicious Jofra Archer goalkeeper in the first innings at Lord’s.
England went on to level the series in Leeds after Ben Stokes made a heroic effort to help his side weapon reach a record target of 359 last month.
While England was expected to take advantage of the momentum in Manchester, Steve Smith’s brilliance helped Australia overcome the hosts.
Smith, who beat Virat Kohli to become the No. 1 test hitter, has scored 671 runs in just 5 innings with a staggering average of 134. Having reached 3 hundreds, including a double ton, Smith’s lowest score in Ashes 2019 it is 82.
In revealing the secret behind his hunger for racing in test cricket, Smith said he hates to see cricket from the stands.
“I love batting, and I don’t like watching cricket very much, so that’s my motivation to stay in the middle for as long as possible,” Smith said after winning the Man of the Match award in Manchester.
Having retained the Ashes Urn, Australia will go to the victory of the series when they face England in the 5th and final Oval Test on September 12.