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Steve Smith Hits A Beach Ball For Four In 4th Ashes Test, Crowd Cheers

Steve Smith had a moment of fun during the intense Ashes test match series as he hit a beach ball which made its way to the pitch on day one of the fourth test

Steve Smith has had a moment of fun during the intense Ashes test match series versus England. On day one of the fourth Ashes test match which has seen Smith make a return after his concussion in the second test, a stray beach ball entered the field and made its way towards the pitch where Smith was readying himself to face another ball. The ball had flown out from the stands and it blew with the winds towards the Aussie batsman who was clearly raring to go and swung his bat to hit the beach ball as it passed. While Smith didn't change its direction much, he prodded it along just the right amount that it required no more help to get to the boundary. Just routine work for Smith, who has been smacking cricket balls all over the park for years.

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Smith's return post-concussion 

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Steve Smith has just returned after a one-match rest following a concussion in the second Ashes test match. Smith had been struck by a bouncer from paceman and the latest English sensation Jofra Archer in Edgbaston. He sat out the third test match played in Headingley which the home side won by just one wicket. Smith has come back to the test series to pick up from where he left off as he guided Australia through a tumultuous opening day. Smith stood through the harsh conditions and withstood the English attack, chalking up the score to 170 for 3 at the end of the play, which was abandoned an hour earlier due to rain which made the conditions unplayable for the day. Smith's score stands at 60 not out off 90 balls as he partners Travis Head as the night watchman. 

Unsuitable conditions

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The conditions in Manchester were clearly unsuitable for a game of cricket, with heavy winds blowing and sprouts of rain which interrupted the play. The winds led to packets of crisp packets, clingfilm and the beach ball to fly across the ground. The bails also fell off the wicket, and the umpires had to replace them later. 

The beach ball moment saw Steve Smith received a few cheers from the English crowd, who has turned hostile towards the Australian all summer. In March 2018, Smith admitted to using sandpaper on the ball to swing it in a certain way during the series against South Africa and was consequently suspended by Cricket Australia for a year. The English crowd has not forgotten the incident and has punished him with a round of boos every time he is on the field. He is now, however, the number one test batsman in the ICC's rankings.

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