Ashes 2013: Australia’s Steve Smith admits century nerves

Ashes 2013: Australia's Steve Smith admits he was a bit nervous before securing his maiden Test ton on day two at The Oval

By Daniel Jolly

Steve Smith admitted that he was “a bit nervous” before reaching a maiden Test century as the tourists continued to dominate at The Oval.

After resuming on 307-4, Smith scored a gutsy 138 not out to bring up his first three-figure score in Test matches and guide his side to 492-9 declared.

England continued the theme of batting dominance in the match as they saw out the remaining overs in the day’s play, with Alastair Cook and Joe Root reaching 17 and 13 respectively.

Once again, the headlines belonged to a centurion wearing the baggy green as the 24-year-old brought up records galore in his innings.

Securing his 100 in style with a six meant that he became the sixth Australian to reach a maiden ton in this manner, following in the footsteps of the likes of Greg Matthews, Andrew Symonds and Mitchell Johnson.

The New South Wales man also became the youngest Aussie to score a maximum in the Ashes since Ricky Ponting at Headingley in July 1997.

Smith said: “I was a bit nervous after getting out for 89 at Old Trafford but I had a chat with Hads (Brad Haddin) and said with Trotty (Jonathan Trott) bowling I thought I’d give it a go.

“I’m very happy to get the hundred under my belt and I feel like my game’s going OK at the moment. I’m probably leaving the ball better than I have done before.

“I didn’t really think about the over-rate, I was just trying to get as many runs as I could.

“The pitch is still pretty good and while the ball is still hard it will be important to take a few wickets in the morning.”

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