England scrapped their way to a 44-run lead on the third morning of their Ashes opener against Australia, losing four for 61 in the opening session at Edgbaston.
Steve Smith stared down a depleted England attack and a hostile Edgbaston crowd as his superb century single-handedly rescued Australia on the opening day of the 2019 Ashes.
Joe Root is planning a return to the top order for the first Ashes Test against Australia which begins on Thursday.
England captain Joe Root intends to bat at number three in the Ashes, after volunteering to return to the top order against Australia.
AB De Villiers ensured fans inside Lord’s were treated to another memorable display as he marked his English domestic debut with trademark belligerence to guide Middlesex to a comfortable seven-wicket opening-night Vitality Blast win over Essex.