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“A lot of credit has got to go to Brad Haddin”
Fresh off his magnificent century on the opening day of the fifth and final Test against England in Sydney, Australia batsman Steven Smith has announced that “the most pleasing thing” was to have recovered from 97/5 to 326 all out.
It was thanks to Smith and Haddin, who smashed 75 runs, that Australia were not completely blown away on the first day.
“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,” Smith told Sky Sports. “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.
“I think their (England’s) bowlers bowled slightly short at times. It was the kind of wicket where you never really felt in. It was a little bit two-paced as well. It was quite tough.
“You felt like your name was on one of the balls. I think we were just able to get through those tough periods and cash in on the balls that were in our areas.”