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Steve Smith the difference as Australia retain Ashes, say Root and Paine

Australia have retained the Ashes after beating England by 185 runs at Old Trafford in the fourth Test with Joe Root crediting rival batsman Steve Smith for costing the hosts the Urn. Smith, who made 211 and 82 in the match as he continued his prolific series where he has now made 671 runs at an average of 134.2 with three centuries and two half-centuries. The victory was a convincing one but England’s spirit cannot be criticised as they fought until the final hour in their attempt to save the Test, but the tourists lead the five Test series 2-1 heading into the final test at The Oval as they look to win the series on English soil for the first time since 2001.
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    Australia beat England in fourth Test to retain Ashes – as it happened

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    Paine proves his leadership ability

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    Listen to route only one guy one the ashes for Australia Steve Smith is a genius but so is the Australian bowling lineup Cummings is the best bowler in the world then you've got Hazelwood Stark lion etcetera

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    Irrespective of the result, both skippers are impressive young men. Articulate, honest and thoughtful.

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    Would have liked to have seen England with this attack and Ali as the spinner batting at seven, Buttler with the gauntlets.

    Archer, Broad, Anderson, Woakes and Stokes.

    Roy should never have been in the Test side also.

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    note to Steve 'wide ball' Harmison.. Steve Smith was guilty of not being strong enough.. he did NOT direct Bancroft to scuff the ball – Warner did.. now – how is your street THUG goon mate Stoke going.. he COWARD punched a defenceless man and should have done jail time.. and you lot worship him as the next coming .. he is a GOON and should be in jail.. want to compare the two?? your moral compass points south

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    Steve smith excellent batting

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    Smiths lowest score of the series is the highest. Coz all 11 players of England batting twice couldn't beat that

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    Steve Smith was the difference in this series

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    Steve smith proves again to us that the ball scrapping scandal was a biggest mistake in his entire career. And he is also proving that he is on top of every batsman right now in test matches

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    If steve smith can be 100% fit in the next 5years to come; I am telling you guys he will beat the most records in test matches

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    Australia where always going to win🇦🇺🇦🇺

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    He was certainly a big part of the difference in batting, but so was England in the space of six/seven years trying to replace Cook, Pietersen, Bell, Prior with Roy, Denly, Buttler, Bairstow 😛

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    Anderson's injury was also a major factor. England's best ever bowler not playing and leaving England short in the first test was devastating.

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