Australia's Steve Smith waves at the crowd as he leaves the field during the Ashes cricket test between England and Australia in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)
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Steve Smith slammed England's fielding tactics as "pretty defensive" as Australia gained an edge after three hard-fought days in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba.The tourists had well-researched plans in place for the Australian captain and world's top-ranked batsman, yet Smith still scored a stubborn unbeaten 141, his 21st Test century.Australia took a narrow innings lead on the third day of the absorbing Test match before England closed at 33 for two in their second innings, a lead of seven runs.England skipper Joe Root's field strategy for Smith was likened to Bodyline, a notorious leg theory bowling tactic devised by England on their 1932-33 tour of Australia, specifically to negate the dominant batting skills of the great Don Bradman.
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