Steve Smith delighted to hit maiden Test century after fine knock at The Oval
Last Updated: 23/08/13 11:50am
Steve Smith was the player of the day as he registered his maiden Test century.
Steve Smith was thrilled to hit his maiden Test century as his 138 not out helped Australia into a commanding position after two days of the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval.
Smith reached three figures with a brilliant six back over Jonathan Trott's head, with Australia declaring on 492-9 before England reached stumps 32-0 in reply.
"It feels really good," he told Sky Sports Ashes HD.
"It was nice to start off the day on 66 and put in a partnership with Watto (Shane Watson) yesterday, he played very well as well. I was very happy to get a score today."
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"I said to 'Hadds' (Brad Haddin) before the start of that over 'what do you reckon about just trying to hit him over his head?'.
"It ended up in the right spot and I got a hold of it in the end so I was happy with that.
"I knew I'd got enough of it to go over the top, I was just hoping I had enough to go for six and it felt pretty good.
"I've worked pretty hard over the last year or so on a few things and I'm pretty happy with where my game is at," he said.
"Obviously a big score was what I was looking for and to get one out here today was very pleasing.
"I'm close to where I want to be. There are a few things I need to still tinker with with but I'm getting there."