The Ashes: Oz press praises Steve Smith for having last laugh vs England

Australia's press made much of Smith's late contribution coming into the attack after the team's regular bowlers had failed to force home their early advantage.

updated: July 19, 2013 10:09 IST
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Sydney: Steve Smith, once the butt of the England team's jokes, had the last laugh as Australia started and finished well in the second Ashes Test, newspapers said on Friday.

England, boosted by Ian Bell's third hundred in successive Ashes matches, fought back from an early collapse at Lord's on Thursday. (2nd Ashes Test scorecard)

Yet just when it seemed England had regained control, part-time leg-spinner Smith took three wickets for 18 runs in six overs late in the day to reduce England to 289 for seven at stumps, having been in dire straits at 28 for three. (Read England vs Australia, 2nd Test - Day 1 report)

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