Australia’s Steve Smith proud to tick Ashes win in England off his ‘bucket list’

Australia’s Steve Smith says an Ashes victory in England was high on his”bucket list” after failing to acquire the urn in both prior visits.
A member of the Australia sides which dropped the Ashes in 2015 and 2013, smith, has become the stand-out celebrity in the series, amassing runs from only five innings.
The 30-year-old struck 211 and 82 during the 185-run victory at Old Trafford that put the tourists 2-1 up with just one Test to play – and viewpoints that success for a burning dream fulfilled.
“It feels amazing to understand the urn’s coming home today,” said Smith. “I’ve been here many times today when things haven’t gone our way.
“We have not done to the best of their ability in 2013 and 2015 and to return and find the urn above here, it was always one I wished to tick off my bucket list.
“I’m incredibly proud of how I have been in a position to perform throughout this collection and help the staff in what they have achieved – it is very special.
“Obviously there is another game left where we’d love to win it outright, but to know that it’s coming home – that is extremely satisfying.”
He’s been shown to be England’s nemesis through the sequence although Smith was made to sit out the Headingley Test due to concussion protocols after being attacked with a Jofra Archer bouncer in the former match.
Neither should any let-up be anticipated by the house side for its Test of the string, which gets under way at The Oval on Thursday, live on Sky Sports.
“I have two countless two games at The Oval, therefore it’s a place I do love battingorder,” Smith added. “When you get in there, it’s an incredibly excellent place to bat.
“The rebound is very accurate and the square throughout the floor makes it a huge outfield so it is possible to score very quickly.
“We did not just come here in order to keep the Asheswe came here in order to win it so we’re going to do our very best to go 3-1 up at The Oval.
“I want to be the one out there doing my job to the group. I really like batting and I do not actually like watching cricket – that’s my motivation to remain out in the middle as long as possible!”
Tim Paine, who replaced Smith after the scandal that saw him serve an ban last year as Australia’s captain, praised his team’s resilience .
“This team has been through a lot in the last 12 to 18 months, several people more than others,” said Paine, who becomes the first Australian skipper to win the Ashes series in England since Ricky Ponting at 2001.

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