The first game of the Ashes turned out to a genuine treat for fans of Test cricket as both Australia and England put up a brilliant display of cricket, with Australia making a comeback after a collapse of their top order thanks to Steve Smith's witty and patient knock. The pitch conditions were unforgiving for the batsman, which was further coupled by England's pace attack that reduced Australia to a mere 22 runs for eight wickets following which Steve Smith put up a delightful performance amid the hostile England fans, earning praises from all over the world.
England began their innings with a stunner as they removed both openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft for just 17 runs. Most of the top-order collapsed under the merciless bowling from the hosts, with Stuart Broad leading the way, grabbing a fifer along the way with Chris Woakes, who took three scalps. However, the hosts saw a distraught James Anderson walk off the pitch after his calf-injury returned to force him to retire in between the game.
However, the highlight for the day was Steve Smith's knock that saved the day for Australia. Former skipper Mark Waugh took to laud Smith's determined knock of 144 runs off 214 balls that saw Australia reach a decent total of 284 runs.
Netizens were all praise for Steve Smith who was a lone warrior for Australia in the first game of one of the greatest rivalries in the cricketing world. Fans were left spellbound by Smith's display of genuine and delightful Test cricket under tough and unforgiving conditions and amid jeers from the English crowd. Here are some of the reactions from the netizens after day one: