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Steven Smith's mastery shines a harsh light on the rest of Australia's batting order


For a second or two after Steven Smith shuffled across and missed the first ball of a Chris Woakes spell in the final hour at The Oval, 24,000 people suspended their disbelief. So impassable for so long, and so seemingly impervious to the ball that optically looks as though it might best dismiss him, Smith had fallen lbw in a remarkably nondescript fashion. There was as much surprise as there was delight in the subsequent roar from the crowd.

A score of 80, dropped once on 66 by Joe Root off Sam Curran, was in actual fact Smith's ...


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