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STEVE SMITH: 'ONCE WE GOT IN FRONT WE NEVER LET IT SLIP'

Australia captain looks back on his team's Ashes victory

Steve Smith has been awarded the Compton-Miller Medal for player of the series. Smith produced the definition of a captain’s performance throughout the series, scoring 687 runs at an average of 137.40 and hitting three hundreds.

Here is what the Aussie skipper had to say after the fifth Test.

“The cricket we’ve played over the last couple of months has been magnificent. To know that all the hard work has paid off … it’s great to end the series 4-0 here at the SCG.

“Ashes series are huge, particular here in Australia. As the home team you are under a bit of pressure to perform. There was so much preparation that went into it before hand. 

“We might have got criticised for a few different things as well; leaving fast bowlers out of certain tours but we knew the three we had out here were the ones that could do the job for us. They got through - Mitch missed one Test match - but the rest got through five and did a terrific job for us taking 20 wickets in four Test matches.

“England are a very good cricket side. I think throughout the series we won the key moments and never let England back in the game. Once we got in front we never let it slip.

“I’m pleased with my performances throughout this series. I want to lead from the front. To get three hundreds in the series and help put the team in a good position, that’s the most important thing for me.

“I just love batting. I’m probably not hitting the ball as well I’ve hit the ball but my mind is probably in the best place it’s been. The decisions I’m making are really good and that’s part of batting, making good decisions for long periods of time.

“Obviously going to England, it’s a tough place to play. England play exceptionally good cricket there and for us that’s a real challenge. Hopefully we can keep learning and getting better over the next two years and go full of confidence. 

“That’s a bucket list thing for me, to captain an Ashes-winning side in England.”

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