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Ashes 2019: England charge cut short by rain at Lord's

Credit: BBC News- Published on August 16, 2019
England's charge through the Australia batting was halted by the weather on another wet day at Lord's.
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Credit: IANS INDIA
Published on August 17, 2019 -  00:19
Steve Smith leaves fans in splits with unique technique
If there's one person who has been making headlines on a consistent basis in the ongoing Ashes series, it has to be former Australia skipper Steve Smith. In the first Ashes Test, Smith -- playing his first Test after serving a one-year ban for his role in the Sandpaper Gate fiasco -- scored twin centuries and proved to be the difference between the arch-rivals as Australia defeated England by 251 runs in Birmingham. In the ongoing Lord's Test which has so far been marred by rain interruptions, Smith has come out with new ways to leave balls outside the off-stump. On the third day which saw only 24.1 overs being bowled, the former Australia skipper provided the crowd with some much-needed entertainment, not just with his strokeplay, but also his unorthodox and unique style of leaving the balls. While shouldering arms to the England pacers, the 30-year-old at times hopped, shuffled, got his bat across and even turned around to face the wicketkeeper after leaving the ball.

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