Ashes 2019: Pattinson says Australia would be in trouble without Smith

By Sports Desk August 03, 2019

James Pattinson said Australia would be "in a bit of trouble" without Steve Smith as he backed the star batsman to rescue the tourists yet again in the Ashes.

Smith has kept Australia alive against England at Edgbaston, where the Aussies hold a slim 34-run lead heading into day four of the opening Test.

After marking his Test return with a stunning 144-run knock following a 12-month ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal, Smith thwarted England again via an unbeaten 46 to lead Australia to 124-3 at stumps on Saturday.

Smith teamed up with Travis Head (21 not out) after England reached 374 and a lead of 90 as Australia paceman Pattinson hailed the country's former captain.

"I was talking to a bit of press before about great players, they always stand up when you need them and I think he's done that this game," Pattinson said. "Without him we'd be in a bit of trouble.

"He's a fantastic player and to do it after everything that he's been through. He's been copping a bit from the crowd which has amused a lot of people.

"But to his credit he just gets on with it and he's a fantastic player. He's someone who lifts the group when he's out there. He's an unbelievable player."

There was a nervy moment when Smith was hit on the head by a Ben Stokes bouncer in the 29th over of Australia's second innings.

Initially dazed, Smith continued batting after passing a concussion test, as Cameron Bancroft (7) and David Warner (8) struggled, with Usman Khawaja (40) the next-best performer.

"It was quite a good reaction from him [Smith], wasn't it?," Pattinson told reporters.

"We had a little bit of a chuckle in the dressing-room. He always puts a bit of mayo [exaggerates] on things. He's a fantastic player and he seems to be fine now."

Related items

  • Ashes 2019: Archer hobbles off to compound England's misery Ashes 2019: Archer hobbles off to compound England's misery

    Jofra Archer's heavy workload appeared to take its toll on Friday when the England paceman hobbled with apparent cramp as Australia strengthened their grip on the third Test - and the Ashes series - at Headingley.

    Archer took 6-45 in his 17.1 overs on Thursday as Australia were dismissed for 179 but he was back out with ball in hand on Friday as England were skittled for 67 inside 28 overs.

    And, during his ninth over of Australia's second innings, Archer pulled up grimacing having bowled a dot ball to Marnus Labuschagne, with the England seamer hobbling off unable to complete the final two deliveries in his set of six.

    He was smiling as he came off but it was another blow to England on a day that started with such promise but went the way of Australia.

    The tourists were 245 runs ahead with six wickets in hand when Archer went off and will retain the urn if they win in Leeds.

    After bowling 44 overs in his Test debut at Lord's last week, Archer tweeted a gif of an old man with a walking stick struggling to get off a sofa alongside the caption "Me getting out of bed tomorrow morning".

    The 24-year-old enhanced his cult-hero status with the England supporters shortly before his injury, retrieving a giant inflatable watermelon for a member of security staff and returning it to a delighted Western Terrace.

  • Ashes 2019: Australia build on sizeable advantage after more batting blues for England Ashes 2019: Australia build on sizeable advantage after more batting blues for England

    Australia sought to hammer home their advantage in the third Test on Friday after England were skittled for 67 to leave their hopes of retaining the urn virtually extinguished.

    England arrived at Headingley hoping to make hay in the sunshine but their latest batting collapse inside 28 overs left them with a 112-run first-innings deficit, with the tourists reaching tea at 82-3 and extending their lead to 194.

    Joe Root's team had been 54-6 at lunch and lost their remaining four wickets within 23 balls of the second session in posting their lowest ever total at Headingley, and their lowest in the Ashes in 71 years, as Josh Hazlewood returned 5-30.

    Wickets continued to fall during Australia's second innings but England's flagging attack were only able to do so much as Marnus Labuschagne (13 not out) and Travis Head (17 not out) came off with a insurmountable target firmly in their sights.

    Having entered lunch in such a perilous position, England's tail was unable to wag and Chris Woakes, Jos Buttler, Jofra Archer and Jack Leach all departed for single figures to leave Joe Denly's 12 as the top score in a woeful total.

    It was the fourth time since the start of 2018 that England were dismissed for 85 or less, though the mood briefly changed when Australia opener David Warner was struck on the pads by Stuart Broad to depart without score.

    Marcus Harris (19) continued the head-scratching approach to batting when clean bowled attempting to drive Jack Leach's first delivery.

    Usman Khawaja (23) had no control over a shot to Woakes that was caught by Jason Roy in the slips, but Labuschange and Head reached tea without too much trouble and Australia firmly on top.

  • Ashes 2019: England's shambolic 67 in Opta numbers Ashes 2019: England's shambolic 67 in Opta numbers

    England were embarrassed at home by their arch rivals on Friday as Australia ran through their fragile batting line-up in dismissing them for 67.

    Tim Paine's team seized the initiative in the third Test by skittling their hosts out inside 28 overs, raising the possibility of Australia retaining the urn and avoiding defeat in an away Ashes series for the first time since 2001.

    It was a display that was not just horrifically bad, but historically bad.

    With the help of Opta, we take a look at the numbers behind the horror show at Headingley.

     

    - England's eventual total of 67 was their lowest ever at Headingley, where the lowest Test total of all time is 61 (West Indies in 2000).

    - This capitulation followed England being dismissed for 85 by Ireland at Lord's last month. This is just the second time where England were all out for fewer than 100 twice in home Tests hosted in the same year (2019 and 1888).

    - Moreover, this was the fourth time since the start of 2018 that England were all out for 85 or less. Their other paltry totals came against West Indies in January (77) and against New Zealand in March 2018 (58).

    - This was England's lowest total against Australia since 1948 and their fourth lowest in a home Ashes Test.

    - Having gone for a golden duck at Lord's last time out, England captain Joe Root was dismissed without score again. It is the first time in his Test career Root was out for back-to-back ducks.

    - Positioned at first slip, David Warner claimed four catches - the joint-most by a fielder in an Ashes Test innings.

© 2018 SportsMaxTV All Rights Reserved.