Smith ready to test Pakistan pacemen
No stranger to long, patient knocks at the Gabba, Steve Smith has warned Pakistan's bowling attack to be prepared to work overtime in the first Test. The match will mark the former Australian captain's first Test on home soil since his ball-tampering ban.
Yasir Shah , center, celebrates after he got the wicket of Steve Smith on Day 2 of Brisbane Test (Source: AP). On a wicket where Australian batsmen have dominated the proceedings against Pakistan bowlers, Steve Smith registered a single-digit score at the Gabba , Brisbane on Saturday.
Yasir Shah has now dismissed Steve Smith seven times in Test cricket - and knows it! It was the seventh time in Tests that the Pakistan leg-spinner had Smith ' s number. After dismissing the prolific Australian batsman, the 33-year-old celebrated the wicket by putting both of his hands up as
Steve Smith says the celebration of Pakistan's Yasir Shah, plus a self-rewarded block of chocolate, is enough motivation for him to score more runs in Adelaide.
The world's best batsman, who currently averages 64 at Test level, and almost single-handedly helped Australia retain the Ashes with the bat this year, went for a match-low 4 runs in the second innings in the series-opener against Pakistan.
It didn't impact the Aussies like a Smith wicket normally would, with the big scores of David Warner (154) and Marnus Labushagne (185) helping set up a huge win at the Gabba.
Shah's leg-spin has troubled Smith the six times the pair have faced eachother at Test level, with the Pakistani claiming the wicket of the Aussie a monstrous seven times.
Mitchell Starc's late blast leaves Pakistan behind the game after day one of first Test at Gabba
Mitchell Starc's expert use of the second new ball late on day one leaves Pakistan chasing the game in the first Test, all out for 240 at the Gabba after a promising start. Mitchell Starc's expert use of the second new ball late in the day meant he finished with 4-52, backing up a collapse of 4-3 in the middle session.
Pakistan' s Yasir Shah celebrates (AP). It was a rare failure for Steve Smith in the first Test against Pakistan as he could manage just four runs when all his teammates made the most of the batting-friendly conditions on offer at The Gabba . Smith , who has been in prolific form ever since his return
BRISBANE: Pakistan’ s star leg-spinner Yasir Shah signalled ' seven ' after he dismissed Steve Smith on third day of the first Test here at The Gabba on It was the seventh time in Tests that the Pakistan leg-spinner dismissed Smith . The 33-year-old bowler gestured " seven " towards the dressing room by
It led Shah to raise seven fingers in the air once he'd dismissed Smith on the weekend, in a pointed celebration to rile up the Australian right-hander.
And ahead of the second Test in Adelaide, Smith said Shah's "interesting" celebration offered him further motivation to put more on the board at Adelaide Oval.
"It gave me a bit more motivation next game to not get out to him, so I will probably be a little bit more disciplined against him," Smith told reporters in Adelaide on Tuesday.
"But yeah, interesting.
"I feel the times he (Shah) has got me out, I have been on a few runs.
"I have been slogging in a couple of second innings ones where I was playing some funky shots and stuff so I'm not too worried.
"I thought he bowled really well at the Gabba, got some good drift and a little bit of spin on a wicket that probably wasn't spinning that much, so bowled well."
Marnus Labuschagne makes maiden Test ton
Marnus Labuschagne has posted his maiden Test century for Australia, converting a half-century score into a hundred on his sixth attempt against Pakistan. Marnus Labuschagne has finally got the monkey off the back, converting his sixth Test 50 into a maiden century against Pakistan at the Gabba. The real find of the Ashes series in England, Labuschagne capped off a dream four months on Saturday as Australia built up a big lead over the tourists.After resuming from his overnight score of 55, he shot out of the blocks early before tightening up in the 90s.
It mattered not to Yasir Shah that Australia were already well on the way to battering Pakistan into submission at the Gabba . Up went both of his hands as teammates embraced him, seven fingers pointed to the blue Bragging rights: Yasir Shah celebrates taking the wicket of Steve Smith .
Marnus Labuschagne scored his maiden Test century as Australia strengthened their grip on the first Test against Pakistan at The Gabba in Brisbane. The hosts resumed on 312-1 but David Warner added three to his 151 before Steve Smith (4) was dismissed by Yasir Shah for the seventh time in six Tests.
Yasir Shah has now dismissed Steve Smith seven times in Test cricket - and knows it!— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau)
The world no. 1 batsman also opened up on how when he scores big, he'll usually eat an entire block of Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate to reward himself.
However, in this case, Smith elected to punish himself for his lowly score by running all the way back to the team's Brisbane hotel instead of taking the bus with teammates.
"I always punish myself when I get no runs, just like I reward myself when I score runs with a chocolate bar at the end of the night if I get a hundred," the 30-year-old said.
"So yeah, if I get no runs I always like to have a run or go to the gym or do something just to give myself a bit of a punishment."
Starc back to his best with pink ball as Australia close in on victory .
And after an Ashes winter of discontent, Mitchell Starc has rediscovered his mojo in the Test series against Pakistan.The intention has been to simplify his mind at the top of his mark and go back to what he does best.