Smith, Marsh added 301 runs for the fifth wicket    Getty Images
Smith, Marsh added 301 runs for the fifth wicket Getty Images

The Adelaide Test was Tim Paine’s first international assignment for Australia since 2010. Shaun Marsh, who had scored two fifties in 8 innings against India, was not part of the team that had toured Bangladesh. Usman Khawaja, who was not drafted in the playing XI against India, scored 2 runs against Bangladesh. And Mitchell Marsh was not even spoken about when the 2017-18 Ashes started trending. In short things looked gloomy for Australia when the series went underway. However, the selectors knew what they had dished out, and within a month’s time Australia regained the urn.

After the Perth Test, Smith praised the selectors for making bold decisions. Paine scored a couple fifties. Mitchell Marsh smashed a dashing 181. His big brother Shaun walloped century.

“I thought they were really good selections. Painey has been mentioned as the best keeper in the country for a long period of time and the way he has kept has been exceptional. The way he has batted has been exceptional as well, we have had some very valuable runs from him at seven. Shaun Marsh as well, he’s come in and done a terrific job,” Smith said.

Nathan Lyon did his part and Smith lauded him as well. However, it was the pace troika of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, and Pat Cummins that did the most damage. “We’ve worked really hard to ensure we had these three big quicks were on the park and ready for this series. A couple of them skipped the one-day series in India as we knew what was coming up, we were preparing for this series and we wanted the big three on the park to do what they’ve done the last three Test matches,” Smith concluded.