Steve Smith on Australia retaining Ashes Urn on English soil: Wanted to tick this off my bucket list

first_imgSteve Smith has had to wait 9 years after making Test debut to be part of an Australian team that retained the Ashes urn on English soil. Smith was part of the touring Australian sides in 2013 and 2015 that had returned home from the Old Blighty empty-handed.However, Steve Smith made sure he ticked off Ashes glory on English soil from his bucket list after the Manchester Test between Australia and England on Sunday. It was Smith who displayed his superhuman skills and batted England out of contention in the ongoing Ashes 2019 series.Ashes 2019, Manchester Test: Report | HighlightsTim Paine’s men became the first Australian side since Steve Waugh’s visiting team in 2001 to retain the Ashes Urn in England when they outclassed Joe Root’s men by 185 runs in the 4th Ashes Test in Manchester. With a 185-run win, Australia have taken a 2-1 unbeatable lead in the 5-match series.Our Aussies come out on top in another gripping #Ashes contest! The urn has been retained, but a series win remains up for grabs at The Oval! #CmonAussie pic.twitter.com/XL9uP4xybVCricket Australia (@CricketAus) September 8, 2019Steve Smith led Australia from the front with a double hundred in the 1st innings and a quickfire 82 that pushed their lead in the 2nd innings to 382. England were defiant on Day 5 as they battled till the final hour of play on Sunday but it wasn’t enough to prevent Australia from clinching glory.Speaking after the famous win to the official broadcasters of Ashes 2019, Steve Smith said: ” It feels amazing to know the urn is coming home. Incredibly special.advertisement”I have been here a few times, things haven’t gone our way and we haven’t performed to our best of ability in 2013 and 2015. To come back here, I always wanted to tick off my bucket list to get the urn over here. Obviously there is another game and we would like to win that. Extremely satisfying,” Smith added.Steve Smith returned to Test cricket after his 12-month ball-tampering ban in style as he hit twin hundreds in the opening Test in Edgbaston. However, he was ruled out of the 2nd innings of the drawn 2nd Test at Lord’s and the 3rd Test in Leeds due to concussion. He was hit on the neck by a vicious Jofra Archer bouncer in the first innings at Lord’s.England went on to level the series in Leeds after Ben Stokes came up with a heroic effort to help his side gun down a record-breaking target of 359 last month.While England were expected to make use of the momentum in Manchester, Steve Smith’s brilliance helped Australia outclass the hosts.Love batting, don’t like watching cricket: Steve SmithSmith, who overtook Virat Kohli to become the No. 1 Test batsman, has scored 671 runs in just 5 innings at a staggering average of 134. Having hit 3 hundreds, including a double ton, Smith’s lowest score in Ashes 2019 is 82.Revealing the secret behind his hunger for runs in Test cricket, Smith said he hates watching cricket from the stands.”I love batting, and I don’t really like watching cricket, so that’s my motivation to stay out in the middle for as long as possible,” Smith said after winning the Man of the Match award in Manchester.Having retained the Ashes Urn, Australia will be going for the series win when they meet England in the 5th and final Test at Oval from Sepetember 12.Also Read | Michael Clarke posts photo after getting skin cancer removed, has a message for fansAlso See:last_img read more