Ashes: Jonny Bairstow hopeful of England repeating Headingley miracle despite Steve Smith heroics

first_imgAshes: Jonny Bairstow hopeful of England repeating Headingley miracle despite Steve Smith heroicsAshes 4th Test: Jonny Bairstow said England will stick to their decided plan despite Steve Smith double hundred that helped Australia reach 497 in their first innings.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterSeptember 6, 2019UPDATED: September 6, 2019 13:54 IST England were 23 for 1 after Australia declared on 497 for 9 at the end of Day 2. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith scored a double hundred to power Australia to 497 in their first innings of 4th Ashes TestWith the series levelled at 1-1, England face a uphill task at Old TraffordEngland were 23 for 1 at the end of day’s play in ManchesterThough he missed the Headingly Test after a concussion but Steve Smith returned to 4th Ashes Test in a rather destructive form and as world’s best Test batsman to once again torment the English bowlers.Smith showed extraordinary determination at Old Trafford on Thursday as he converted his overnight fifty into a double hundred to power Australia to 497 for 8 before the visitors decided to declare. It was Smith’s third triple-digit score of the series from four innings, and his third double-century overall.However, with Australia having a massive advantage and England having lost a wicket already before Stumps on Day 2, Jonny Bairstow remains to be hopeful to pull another Headingley like victory at Old Trafford.After Ben Stokes’s heroic hundred and 10th-wicket partnership of 76 with Jack Leach, England had the Ashes stolen from under the vistors’ noses to keep the series alive.”There are three innings and three days of cricket left,” Jonny Bairstow said in a press conference at the end of Day 2.”If we can go out and apply ourselves tomorrow, bat for a long period of time like we did at Headingley, there is no reason why not.”Let’s look at the next day, let’s look at the next session and see where we get to. I don’t think looking too far ahead, we’ve had two contrasting days with the weather, we’ll see how the pitch changes over a period of time.”Smith is now also the first Australian since Allan Border in 1981-85 to score more than 500 runs in consecutive Ashes series and only the third player – after Don Bradman and Jack Hobbs – to post that number in three Ashes series.advertisementAustralia captain Tim Paine was dropped twice – on 9 and 49 – in his innings of 58, while Smith was given an unlikely reprieve after he nicked spinner Jack Leach to slip when on 118. Smith was on his way back to the pavilion, berating himself, only for replays to show that Leach had overstepped.Also Read | Ashes 2019 4th Test: Magnificent Steve Smith puts Australia in command on day 2Also Read | Steve Smith recreating Don Bradman for those who haven’t seen the legend batAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Ashes 2019Follow Steve Smith hundred Nextlast_img read more