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Cricket: Australia hails return of saviour Smith

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - After an 18-month exile from test cricket, Steve Smith’s defiant century on day one of the Ashes series restored the former Australian captain to hero status in the eyes of a grateful nation on Friday.

Jeered by a hostile Edgbaston crowd throughout the opening day of the first test, Smith’s brilliant 144 dragged his side from a position of peril to the safety of 284 all out, with England 10 for no loss in reply by stumps on Thursday.

Smith’s last test against South Africa at Newlands ended in disgrace, when he, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were sent home to face an angry public after the shocking revelations of a plot to alter the ball’s condition with sandpaper.

All was forgiven in the Australian media on Friday, as newspapers hailed the return of the saviour to red-ball cricket amid a frosty reception from the Edgbaston terraces.

Supported by a timely 44 from tailender Peter Siddle, Smith’s knock frustrated the English attack after it took Australia to the brink of collapse at 122 for eight.

Home bowler Stuart Broad was left to marvel again at the man who tormented England with 687 runs in the 2017-18 Ashes series at a Bradmanesque average of 137.40.

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