Moeen Ali beamer to Steve Smith: The English all-rounder tried everything possible to dismiss the Australian batsman at Edgbaston.
It all happened on the penultimate delivery of the 32nd over when Ali bowled a delivery above Smith’s reach who was already down the track. Had England wicket-keeper Jonny Bairstow collected the ball cleanly, it would have easily been a stumping dismissal. The ball was eventually declared as a no-ball.
There is no hiding to the fact that Smith is doubtlessly standing between an England and their chances of registering a victory in the first Test. Coming on the back of an exceptional century in the first innings, the premier Australian batsman looks set to score another one in Birmingham.
Perhaps, it was a calculated strategy on the part of the home team to dismiss Smith in such a manner. Ali, who has exceptional numbers in Tests since 2017, has continued to struggle against Australia. While he dismissed Australia opening batsman Cameron Bancroft (7) yesterday, he has conceded 71 runs in 16 overs till now.
Considering the fact that England will be in trouble while chasing anything over 200 in the fourth innings, the hosts are trying their best to bundled out the opposition at the lowest possible score.
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