Since 2014, England have not lost a Test in Edgbaston whereas, since 2001, Australia have not beaten England on this venue in any format. Even Australia’s start was so shaky in the first innings that it seemed England’s domination at Birmingham would not be challenged.
But that man Steve Smith thought otherwise. His Herculian knocks in both innings changed the scenario as on Day 5 England capitulated miserably. The deck started to assist finger spin as Nathan Lyon ran riot while Pat Cummins hit the deck better than first innings.
I was not expecting such a meek surrender from England, but expected them to fight. Sadly, they don’t have a Hercules on their side, who would make a fragile batting order look good enough.
The jinx at Edgbaston has been broken and how impactful Steve Smith’s innings had been! He singlehandedly changed the Australian fate in a venue, where they were struggling for almost 18 years. A great knock. An impactful knock. Greatness in batsmanship might be taken to a new level.