By David Lloyd for the Daily Mail
Published: 19:41 BST, 1 August 2019 | Updated: 20:38 BST, 1 August 2019
England were left to rue their brilliant start on the first day of the Ashes as Australia's Steve Smith returned in style.
Joe Root's men had their old enemy at just 122 for eight but a brilliant century (144) ensured Australia ended up on 284 all out before England finished the day on 10 for no loss.
Here, Sportsmail columnist David Lloyd looks back at an enthralling opening day at Edgbaston on Thursday...
Steve Smith posted a remarkable century on the first day of the Ashes for Australia
WILL BAN BOYS BE WELCOME?
There's no getting away from it. This is a huge Test for Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft now Australia have got the banned back together. And Smith was brilliant on Thursday. The big thing for me is not the pantomime booing but have they been welcomed back by their team-mates and the Australian public? I'm all for giving anyone a second chance.
This is a massive Test for Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft at Edgbaston
CALL US BEAKY BLINDERS
Watch out for a Peaky Blinders special at the start of Sky's coverage on Friday. We filmed it at the Black Country Living Museum in Dudley where the TV show is recorded. It was like a village from a bygone era and was absolutely fantastic. Someone said, a little unkindly, that with me and Nasser involved it should be called the Beaky Blinders.
TIM FEELING THE PAINE