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Steve Smith returns to frustrate England with fantastic century after hosts put Australia on the ropes early on during day one of the Ashes Steve Smith posted a remarkable 144 to rescue Australia on day one as they went on to record 284 all out Australia were once on the ropes at 122 for eight but Smith and Peter Siddle were on hand to frustrate England

By Paul Newman for the Daily Mail

Published: 18:55 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 18:58 BST, 1 August 2019

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Such early hope for England soon turned into frustration with Australia batsman Steve Smith returning with a brilliant century at Edgbaston during day one of the Ashes.

Joe Root's men had Australia on the ropes at 122 for eight but Smith went on to record a courageous 144, while Peter Siddle made 44 before being caught by Jos Buttler off the bowling of Moeen Ali. 

Smith put Australia firmly back in the game as they went on to post 284 all out, with Nathan Lyon

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