Steve Smith

UK Tabloid Talk 19/7

Smith channels Shane to put Aussies in the box seat.

Smith ’n groans - Alas! England in a spin despite Bell’s heroics
by John Etheridge, The Sun
England surrendered their advantage to a man once picked by Australia because he is good at telling jokes.

Ian Botham's Ashes verdict: Jonny Bairstow will be having nightmares about his dismissal
by Ian Botham, The Daily Mirror
Another terrific day kept me hooked all the way through – and things are pretty even. There will be some who think those last three wickets will have done England some lasting damage, but actually I want to see where the game is once Australia have batted on it.

Fragile Ryan Harris enjoys his day after history of body-blows
by Gideon Haigh, The Times
Four years ago at Lord’s, the wheels fell off a young and callow Australian attack so spectacularly that Australia spent the rest of the tour driving by the rear-view mirror. It was entered in the category of Australian cricket events that Must Never Happen Again, and in some senses the team have been readying for yesterday ever since. Ryan Harris has been integral to those preparations. 

Why Australia faced a test of nerve on day one at Lord's
by Oliver Holt, The Daily Mirror
Having watched all the pomp and ceremony of the Queen's arrival, the opposition exploded into action shortly afterwards.

Intuition of Michael Clarke takes spotlight off selections
by John Townsend, The Independent
Michael Clarke was playing an unusual game before the second Test. Asked to identify the areas that Australia needed to improve to fight their way back into the series, Clarke was inscrutably coy. “I’ll tell you after the Test,” he said. “It would be silly to let you know the areas we are looking to improve.”

Ashes 2013: England recovery sent spinning by another Aussie blond bombshell at Lord's
by Stephen Brenkley, The Independent
At risk of being dragged off to the Tower, it is reasonable to propose that England did better without the Queen today. Australia, on the other hand, may wish to enlist her immediately as the team mascot and banish any future talk of becoming a republic.

Brilliant Bell's fooled by the Joker as Smith has last laugh with three late wickets
by Paul Newman, The Daily Mail
If all logic pointed to English domination after Alastair Cook had won the toss on a hot day made for batting then Australia had again refused to read the script. Advantage Michael Clarke after another extraordinary day of Ashes cricket. 

Bell's in the form of his life... this was a first-rate innings from a first-rate batsman
by Nasser Hussain, The Daily Mail
I said at Trent Bridge that Ian Bell had not played a more important innings for England, but I believe he has never batted better than he did on Thursday at Lord's.

Ashes 2013: DRS taken out of Sky hands for third Test at Old Trafford
by Nick Hoult, The Daily Telegraph
The control of the Decision Review System will be taken out of the hands of Sky for the next Ashes Test as the International Cricket Council reacts to the umpiring controversy at Trent Bridge by handing more power to the third umpire.