Steve Smith made a big ton when Australia needed it most... Ashes skipper had a better weekend than me
- Australia ended day four of the first Ashes Test in Brisbane on the brink of victory
- Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc dismissed England cheaply in the second innings
- But Australia owe a big debt to skipper Steve Smith and his first-innings century
Australia took control of the first Ashes Test on day four as the hosts moved to within 56 runs on an emphatic victory.
Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Starc dismissed England cheaply, before openers David Warner and Cameron Bancroft made unbeaten half-centuries.
Sportsmail's DAVID LLOYD reflects on Sunday's action in his own inimitable way...??
David Warner and Cameron Bancroft made unbeaten half-centuries for Australia on day four
My woeful weekend
My weekend did not go exactly to plan. I backed Cue Card, only for him to be annihilated by Bristol De Mai.
Accrington Stanley lost to Exeter and England had a shocker with the bat.
But I still don't see that much to fear from Australia if we stop making mistakes — and we are known as slow starters.
Smith shows the way
As Harold Wilson might have once said at a party conference: pretty fifties don't pay the rent.
While we saw too many of them go unconverted from England, Steve Smith showed exactly how it's done with his big hundred when it most mattered.
But it was Aussie captain Steve Smith's big first-innings century which impressed me the most
Working on my drive?
The main thing on my agenda is having Tarmac laid on my drive. A bloke I know said he had some left over, so I told him I'd have it.
While that occupies me, England should spend time before the start of the second Test on Saturday reflecting on the need to bat for a long time.
I met an Australian in Waitrose this weekend (I like the wide aisles in there).
He told me he'd moved from Sydney to Cheadle Hulme for the weather.
He was actually tipping England to win the series, so not your average Aussie, which is perhaps why they exported him.
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