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By Jonathan Agnew
BBC cricket correspondent
Steve Smith is a.
It was left by the Australia batsman century a chastening afternoon at Old Trafford for England.
The opportunities weren’t there but England didn’t take them , they may look back on this as the Ashes slipped out of their grasp while there’s lots of time left at the fourth Test.
He is might powerful although smith is exhausting to watch with his mannerisms. System runs.
England have been told not to engage him however much them may be winding up along with his leaves.
They ought to be more aggressive to him – though it can be too late. We may not even see him bat again with England on 23-1, tracking after day two by 474.
But England should get into him a bit, attempt to make him feel uneasy. They try to drag him and should engage him.
He seems so comfortable and shows commitment extraordinary determination and attention. England do have to look at that.
Smith continues on. He is a player that is very bizarre, a curious player.
He will deal with the ball differently – late at his innings Stuart Broad bowled Smith patted it him back and then him a half volley. Two balls later, he struck the specific ball wide of mid-on for four days.
I like watching him bat since he amuses me – although because bowler I’d be really fed up of how he leaves the way and also the ball he looks .
He is just unique. India captain Virat Kohli is pleasing on the eye and he hits the ball – he seems like he is playing with championships that is French .
He is also capable of playing some shots too although he has amazing hand-eye coordination.
He hasn’t been certainly affected by the yearlong ban for his part from the scandal apart from his reputation and his image.
Whereas David Warner has not settled back into Test cricket He’s come back refreshed and totally concentrated.
Smith I wondered at the start of the show although he’s quite a individual that was anxious and jittery, but believed Warner would brazen it out. Nonetheless, it’s course will and the other way round out.
The odds were there. Smith was, even by his standards, frenetic to begin using – the very best batsman on the planet looked like he was playing his first Test innings.
He was like a cat on a hot tin roof and that he gave that six out of 10 caught and bowled chance.
Then Jack Leach bowled him that a gorgeous delivery and had him captured , but off a no-ball. It says what about cricket – a minute the individuals are saying,’What on earth is your spinner currently doing bowling a no-ball?’
He tried to hold back a little, which meant he extended his delivery stride, but he will be tortured by that.
And Tim Paine was fell by replacement fielder Sam Curran afterwards lunch – there have been numerous chances for England to maintain Australia down to something manageable.
However, this isn’t manageable. England need to batten down the hatches. Should they succumbthey may lose.
Let us see just how much confidence they have obtained from Headingley. Let us see if they’ve got some program about them. Australia have made a step towards keeping the Ashes.
The worry is that there is some spin for a second day pitch and it could turn a very long way to the close of the game. It is possible to anticipate Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon to bowl a good deal.
It is Australia’s sport to throw away. There are three days to go but, on England’s recent batting album, they are going to have to play out of the skins.
They have to be certain that Australia do not although It’s unlikely they can win out of here but.
It’s going to become a true challenge to determine out these 3 days and try to keep the chain alive for the last Test at The Oval.
Jonathan Agnew spoke in Old Trafford to BBC Sport’s Jack Skelton.
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