The Ashes: Perth century crucial for my career, says Steve Smith

Steve Smith, who said he enjoyed the pace and bounce of the WACA as a batsman, conceded it was also a crucial innings for his fledgling career.

updated: December 13, 2013 19:19 IST
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Perth: Steve SmithA crucial unbeaten century on the opening day of the third Ashes Test against England at the WACA Ground in Perth was a career highlight for young Australian batsman Steve Smith. (Day 1 report)

Smith, 24, went into the match under some pressure to perform with the bat, having scored just 60 runs in the first two Tests. (Scorecard)

He strode to the wicket with the home team again struggling early at 129-4, and produced just the second century, and first on home soil, of his 14-Test career as Australia recovered to end 326-6 at stumps and take first-day honours. His only previous century was 138 not out in the fifth Test at the Oval in August. (Day 1 in pics)

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