[VIDEO] Million-dollar question answered as Stuart Broad dismisses Steve Smith for cheap in 5th Ashes Test

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Author 2019-09-16 00:47:09

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Steve Smith has been in unbelievable form in the Ashes 2019. After a decent run in 2019 World Cup, the former skipper turned the table emphatically in the Test series versus England and compiled three half-centuries, a double hundred and two centuries before coming out to bat in the final innings of the series with his side in need of 399 at Kennington Oval, London on Sunday (September 15).

Joe Root-led England are in desperate need to level the five-match Test series after conceding the urn courtesy Australia's unassailable 2-1 lead with a massive 185-run win in the penultimate Test. Hence, they needed to get rid of Smith, who has been in Bradmanesque run in the ongoing series.

The ability to think differently was the need of the hour for the English camp in order to get the better of Smith. The same happened as Root and Co. employed a leg slip off Stuart Broad's bowling and triggered Smith's dismissal, who has a knack of shuffling across the crease. Thus, it paved way for his return back to the pavillion for 23 (this also became Smith's first-ever outing where he scored less than a fifty in the series).

Broad bowled a short-pitch delivery, aimed at the batsman's ribs, and Smith played it to the hands of the pacer by giving a simple catch to Ben Stokes, stationed at leg slip. The Australian was in disbelief as he succumbed to the trap but was given a standing ovation on his return back to the dressing room after amassing 774 runs in the series.

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Smith's tally is now the fifth-highest in an Ashes series. He fell behind Sir Don Bradman (974 in 1930 and 810 in 1936-37), England's Wally Hammond (905 runs in 1928/29) and Mark Taylor (839 runs in 1989) but went past Alastair Cook's tally (766 runs in 2010-11). Further, the right-hander ended the series with a staggering average of 110.57.

At the time of publishing this report, Australia are in a tough situation, at 142 for 4, and need another 258 runs to win the Ashes 2019.

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