England vs Australia: Steve Smith scores the century of ashes at the return of the event

BIRMINGHAM: Australia Steve Smith marked his return to Cricket test with a hundred on the opening day of the Ashes series against England in Edgbaston on Thursday.

The former captain was playing his first game at this level since he completed a 12-month ban for his role in a ball manipulation scandal in South Africa last year.

Australia was fighting 17/2 when Smith entered the bat after the current captain Tim Paine He won the draw.

But Smith, with the last man Nathan Lyon for the company, completed his 24th and ninth century against England when he covered all terrain Ben stokes for his ninth four in 184 facing balls.