STEVE SMITH dominated on day three of the First Test in Brisbane as his magnificent 141* put Australia back in the contest.
After losing early wickets, Smith was supported by the Aussie tail and ground out a phenomenal innings to give Australia a narrow lead – before they grabbed the scalps of Alastair Cook and James Vince before stumps with some fearsome bowling.
Here are five moments to remember from a cracking day’s Test cricket.
THERE’s a reason that Jimmy Anderson has become England’s leading wicket taker in Test cricket.
He took just four balls to unleash his new ball skills on a bamboozled Tim Paine – who up until then had held on admirably for almost an hour.
Perfect length, a bit in the air and a bit off the seam – this was classic Anderson and summed up England’s industrious morning.
Captain Root throws away the rulebook
ONE of the most glaring things from this opening three days is the homework that Joe Root has clearly done on the Aussie batsman.
For every new man in, there is a plan – and some of it is completely alien even to the cricketing royalty sat in the BT Sport studio.
This particular field baffled Geoffrey Boycott, as Root stifled the free-flowing Steve Smith in the opening session.
Ton up for Smith
HE’s the best batsman in the world – and it’s hard to imagine this isn’t the last century Steve Smith will hit in this series.
A mammoth effort from the Aussie captain, he brought it up with a beautiful cover drive, sparking wild celebrations.
The fight pumping celebrations will be all over the front pages – just a shame about the dodgy hairband.
What a player.
THERE were rumours aplenty that Jimmy had a knock just before the lunch break as he grimaced following the penultimate over.
Jake Ball bowled the final six deliveries whilst England’s best bowler was given something by the 12th man on the boundary.
The England camp insist there was no injury – despite Anderson going off in the afternoon session for a time and struggling to throw – and it’s a worry as the bowling attack rests on the 35-year-old’s shoulders.
Bodyline is back
WHAT a conclusion, as the Aussies came out firing and finally delivered on their promise – to give the English batsman a proper roughing up.
Alastair Cook took them on, but hooked straight to Mitchell Starc in the deep to send the Gabba wild.
And shortly after James Vince was on his way, fending to that man Smith in the slips.
But it was a vicious bouncer from Starc that set the tone – crashing into the grill of England captain Root at 91mph. The Ashes are on.