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‘Every morning feeling like Christmas morning’

Steve Smith feels ‘incredible’ after pair-tons in first Ashes test. He is the fifth Aussie batsman to earn that feat.

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'Every morning feeling like Christmas morning' says Steve Smith
Steve Smith made a dream comeback with two centuries in first Ashes test. Photo: Getty

Steve Smith became only the fifth Australian batsman to punch two centuries in a single Ashes Test when he cracked a perfect 142 runs knock in the second innings at Edgbaston.

Returning to Test cricket after sixteen months, Smith’s back-to-back tons propelled Australia to set England a daunting 398 runs to win the opening Ashes Test.

“I have never doubted my ability,” Smith said.

“To score two hundreds in a match in a first Ashes Test is incredible.

“I have never done it any form of cricket. It is special. I’ve loved these last four days, it’s felt like Christmas morning every morning, it has been a dream comeback,” he said.

Smith hit a masterly 144 in the first innings rescuing Australia from a disastrous downfall when they lost 122 for 8. The innings is now followed by 142 in the second innings to become the first Australian since Steve Waugh to score two centuries in a Test in England during 1997-98 season.

Australia declared their second innings at 487-7.

Smith and Wade who made a comeback in Test after two years built up a 126-run stand for the fifth wicket with Wade also went for his first Ashes ton.

His 110 took 143 deliveries to work on. When he was how it felt like batting with Smith, Wade said, “It’s daunting to be honest. Sometimes he makes it look way too easy and it hurts.

“He said to me the other day at breakfast he’d never scored a hundred in both innings of a Test match. When he said that, I thought we were going to be in for something special.”

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