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Steve Smith says he plays ‘better’ under captaincy pressure

Batsman backed by some to lead Australia againLeadership ban ends in March next yearThe captaincy questions keep coming for Steve Smith as another Australian leader-in-waiting prepares to put his best foot forward.Smith’s leadership ban expires next Ma…

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David Warner and Steve Smith to lead Australia’s T20 World Cup charge

Selectors seeking stability before 2020 tournamentD’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn and Marcus Stoinis omittedSteve Smith and David Warner will spearhead Australia’s preparations for a maiden T20 World Cup title as selectors seek rare continuity in the 20-over …

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Ashes 2019: stellar images from an unforgettable summer

A look back at the fortunes of England and Australia across the five Tests, as seen through the lens of Guardian and Observer photographer Tom Jenkins. Click or tap on the images to read the captions Continue reading…

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Weary Steve Smith is just for once unable to rise to the occasion | Geoff Lemon

It was apparent from his body language that Australia’s hero of the series was no longer piloting in perfect controlIn a tour match against Derbyshire before the fourth Ashes Test there was a version of Steve Smith who looked nothing like Steve Smith. …

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Jofra Archer says Steve Smith ‘didn’t look as nailed on as usual’ – video

Jofra Archer said he had a feeling something was not right with Australia’s Steve Smith on day two at the Oval. ‘It might just be my perception of it but he didn’t look as nailed on as he usually is’. When told by a journalist that Smith was flu-ridden…

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Jofra Archer says flu-ridden Steve Smith ‘didn’t look as nailed on as usual’

• Smith scored 80 despite being dosed up on cold remedies• Archer hopeful England can force victory in final Ashes TestJofra Archer had a feeling something was not right with Steve Smith on day two at the Oval. And at the close of play, after the lowes…

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Sam Curran gives England a snarl they have lacked in Ashes summer of Steve | Barney Ronay

Left-armer brought intensity to a side that have been short of bite in the face of Steve Smith’s remorseless brillianceAs the shadows stretched out at the Oval on a lovely soft, drowsy Friday afternoon, something strange happened. Sam Curran took the b…

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Alastair Cook: ‘Steve Smith is redefining what is possible as a batsman’ | Donald McRae

The former England captain on Australia’s ‘freak’ run machine, the psychological battles all cricketers face and why less could be more for the future of Test cricket“As cricketers we fail all the time,” Alastair Cook says as he remembers how, exactly …

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Steve Smith’s latest Australia bail-out stresses lone Ashes dominance | Geoff Lemon

The batsman’s interventions are the only reason his side are not staring down the barrel of an Ashes whitewash in EnglandIf Australia do what they should by retaining the Ashes, and if they go on to win the series, it will feel thoroughly disingenuous …

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‘I had some luck’: Australia’s Steve Smith on Ashes double century – video

Steve Smith said he ‘had some luck’ on his way to a double century against England at Old Trafford to put Australia in control of the fourth Ashes Test. Smith was caught on 118 but Jack Leach’s delivery was a no ball after he stepped over the crease. S…

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Overton says wind hit bowlers’ run-up rhythm and helped Smith weather storm

• England struggle with 40mph crosswinds at Old Trafford• Overton: ‘Conditions really didn’t suit running into bowl’Steve Smith was seeing it like a beachball once more as a day of excellence from Australia’s premier batsman and strong winds scotched t…

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Stuart Broad warns Steve Smith of brutal return in fourth Ashes Test

• ‘Jofra Archer will be in Joe Root’s ear when Smith comes in’ • Archer eager for round two with Australia’s top batsmanSteve Smith has been told to expect a brutal return to the Test arena on Wednesday with Jofra Archer said to be eager for round two …

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Australia’s Steve Smith seizes second chance in Ashes tale of two redemptions | Matthew Engel

Rather than being booed, Australia’s leading batsman should be saluted as a brave and decent cricketer for his stirring batting performances against EnglandFor tonight we’ll merry merry be,For tonight we’ll merry merry be, Continue reading…

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Steve Smith cuts distracted figure on his return during brief innings for Australia

• Tour match day two: Derbyshire 172 & 53-3; Australians 338-5 dec • Smith out for 23 after lasting 40 minutes at the creaseOne would have thought that Steve Smith, 13 days since his last competitive hit, would be bursting to bat. One would have th…

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Steve Smith has a quiet day on return for Australia against Derbyshire

Back after suffering concussion, Smith had to be content with a single, peculiar over of bowling spin in the tour matchFans in Derby wanting to see Steve Smith had to content themselves with a bevy of autographs at stumps on the first day of Australia’…

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Australia must not be rattled – Steve Smith is back for fourth Ashes Test

Ben Stokes has set England on their feet but Smith will return at Old Trafford to do potentially the same for AustraliaThe only worse cricketing humiliation than being bowled out for 67 must be losing to a team that you bowled out for 67. While all of …

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Archer’s pace need not faze Australia and Labuschagne has shown the way | Geoff Lemon

English morale has been lifted by Jofra Archer’s Lord’s debut but it does not follow that it has dented Australia’sThere has been a distinctly upbeat tone in English cricket during the short leadup to the Headingley Test. For once, the local bowlers do…

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England focused despite Smith’s withdrawal from third Ashes Test – video

England coach Trevor Bayliss admitted that ‘it’s not going to get down to necessarily one player on either side’ as Steve Smith withdrew from the third Test of the Ashes. The Australian batsman has been in outstanding form throughout the series but has…

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Ashes: Steve Smith ruled out as Australia try to fill ‘unfillable shoes’ – video

Australia’s Steve Smith has been ruled out of Thursday’s third Ashes Test following a delayed concussion inflicted by a Jofra Archer bouncer. Speaking on Tuesday, coach Justin Langer said that ‘when you take your best players out, it always has an impa…

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Steve Smith ruled out of third Ashes Test with concussion

• Smith not fit to play after suffering concussion at Lord’s• Sports minister says booing of Smith is ‘distasteful’Steve Smith has been officially ruled out of Thursday’s third Ashes Test at Headingley following the delayed concussion inflicted by a Jo…