Steve Smith tons up after one and a half years

Australia have scored almost 100 runs per session and that should give you a fair idea of their approach throughout the opening day in Galle. After opting to bat, the tourists lost both openers inside the first session but the ever-reliable pair of Marnus Labuschagne and Steve Smith didn’t disappoint. While Labuschagne rustled up his first ton away from home, Smith crafted his first hundred since January 2021. Alex Carey looks assured and positive at the crease and if Smith can carry on his good work, Australia will be eyeing anything over 450 to bat the hosts out of the game.

Broadcast Schedule

England v Ireland ODI series
ENG v IRE 2nd ODI, Trent Bridge
23rd September
Start time: 11:00 am BST
ENG v IRE 3rd ODI, County Ground, Bristol
26th September
Start time: 12:30 pm BST