Steven Smith, Ashes, Mooen Ali, Sydney, Catch, Mason Crane
Steven Smith has been on song in the Test format in particular. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

On the third day of the ongoing fifth Test of Magellan Ashes series Australian skipper, Steven Smith hinted he would give his best in the foreseeable after chipping straight back to the bowler Moeen Ali when the former was 17 short of his fourth Ashes hundred of 2017.

The batting mainstay of Australia Smith added it was ordinary on his part after facing 158 deliveries.

“Pretty ordinary shot actually,” Smith told Channel Nine at the stumps of day three when Australia post 479 for four in 157 overs.

Pertinently, Smith has been on a role with the bat which saw him playing hard-fought innings on a surface which is deemed as flat where Shaun Marsh and Mitchell Marsh has registered an unbeaten 104-run stand for the fifth wicket.

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Steven Smith has been the poster boy for Australia. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The 28-year-old right-handed batsman Smith had played a massive role for Australia particularly in the ongoing Ashes series while adding he was aiming to make most out of the flighted delivery by off-spinner Moeen Ali when he was batting on 83.

Smith, however, relying on the self-assessment revealed he aimed to tee-off on the off side while adding could have easily rotated the strike to settle at the other end.

“Got a bit greedy trying to hit him through the off side rather than just take some medicine and get off strike, but that happens,” Smith said of his dismissal.

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Steven Smith has already three hundreds under his belt in the ongoing Ashes series. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

England bowling all-rounder Moeen Ali stated Smith had been a complete batsman and one is supposed to watch him make any mistake or produce ripper to dismiss the batting genius.

“You have to hope he makes a mistake or someone bowls a Jaffa,” Ali stated.

On the other side, debutant leg-spinner for England Mason Crane, who bagged the maiden wicket in the form of Usman Khawaja further remarked Smith is also a human while observing the latter has been in red-hot form.

“He’s obviously played very well and scored a lot of runs, but he’s only human as well,” Crane further added.

Earlier, the crowd assembled in the morning to further cheer for Smith who arrived early to the stadium for the practice

Moreover, According to the Cricket Australia, a person in the form of a fan reiterated that he has the problem to go across the stumps while aiming for the on-side quite often

“That’s his problem, he always goes across his stumps and hits everything through leg,” a person was quoted by Cric.com.au who was watching Smith working on his batting in nets.

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Steven Smith has also been lucky in the ongoing series. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Thoroughly focusing on his game and following the practice religiously, Smith hasn’t been any textbook style in his favor but the way he has faced the top-class bowlers.

In 111 innings, Smith has scored 6,057 runs at an average of 63.75 which saw him registering 23 tons and 23 fifties respectively.

Steven Smith misses his fourth ongoing Ashes hundred, terms his shot ‘ordinary’ Steven Smith misses his fourth ongoing Ashes hundred, terms his shot ‘ordinary’ Steven Smith misses his fourth ongoing Ashes hundred, terms his shot ‘ordinary’ Steven Smith misses his fourth ongoing Ashes hundred, terms his shot ‘ordinary’

Here’s is the match report of Ashes day three: Marsh brothers put Australia ahead after Usman Khawaja’s maiden Ashes ton

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Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor