Smith delighted with recovery

Australia batsman Steve Smith admits he was delighted to see his side recover once again against England as the Aussies took control of fifth Ashes Test in Sydney (Australia 4/11 to win, draw 8/1, England win 7/2).

The hosts were struggling at one point at the SCG at 97-5 before Brad Haddin and Smith stepped up to put on an impressive partnership of 128 for the sixth wicket.

Australia have shown their ability to dig deep in the face of the adversity throughout the series, and it was the fifth occasion they have fought back. On this occasion they reached 326 all out, with England (5/6 to score under 245) then finishing on 8-1 after Michael Carberry fell victim to Mitchell Johnson.

Smith top scored with 115 from 154 balls, and he was happy to attack Scott Borthwick on his England debut. He conceded 49 from seven overs, and Smith admits he was pleased with the fightback.

He told Sky Sports: “I guess that’s the most pleasing thing to have got out of that situation and be where we are now. A lot of credit has got to go to Brad Haddin.

“The way he came in and just started playing his shots and I guess really change the momentum of the game. It was nice to sit up at the other end and just take a back seat for a little while and form a good partnership together.

“We had a pretty clear plan to target Borthwick when he came on to bowl. If we can get the quicks back bowling their third, fourth and fifth spells it’s going to be good for us, they are tired and hopefully give us some bad balls. That was our plan I guess.”

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