Australia were all out for 284 on day one of the first Ashes Test.

Steve Smith produced an outstanding 144 to help Australia end their first innings at 284 all out after a shaky start (England 8/13, Australia 7/5, draw 14/1 – First Ashes Test Match Betting).

The tourists batted first and the top order was immediately dismantled by the England bowling attack, led by Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes.

Cameron Bancroft and David Warner were dismissed for eight and two respectively, much to the delight of the England fans inside Edgbaston.

Usman Khawaja was dismissed next before Smith stepped up to number four and played a blinding innings.

Despite his performance though, the Aussies continued to tumble and were down to 122-8 at one stage, with Broad and Woakes doing the damage.

Broad took five wickets across the day and Woakes, a star of England’s triumphant World Cup campaign, chipped in with three.

England were frustrated by the efforts of Smith however, who remained strong at the crease and was hit a few sixes into the crowd to delight the travelling Australian fans.

He finally found a decent ally at the crease in Peter Siddle who was eventually dismissed for 44.

Smith, making his return to red-ball cricket following the scandal, was delighted with his performance.

“It hasn’t really sunk in yet. Obviously been a while since I’ve been able to put on the whites and the baggy green,” he said.

“I’m really proud of the way I was able to stand up today. We were in a bit of trouble there and we had to dig deep on a wicket that wasn’t easy.”

There was time for the opening two overs for England with Rory Burns and Jason Roy surviving for 10-0 at the close of play, but despite the initial delight of tearing through Australia, batsman Jos Buttler admits there is a feeling of frustration (Burns 10/3, Roy 13/5 – To Score A 50).

“It was a little bit frustrating in the end. It’s tough. Steve played a fantastic innings. We’ve got to try and find a way of keeping the dismissal in the game as well,” he said.

“We never quite got enough balls at the 10 and 11 in one go. It’s tough to say if that’s par. Going a bowler down, it was a bit tricky for the guys to keep going, but an exceptional innings from Smith, and we’ll see what kind of score it is tomorrow.”

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