Ashes: Smith relishes home ton to tilt final Test to Aussies

Last Updated: Fri, Jan 03, 2014 13:34 hrs

Steve Smith savoured an Ashes Test century on his home Sydney Cricket Ground Friday to put Australia in a strong position for a 5-0 series clean sweep over beleaguered England.

It was the 24-year-old's second hundred of the series and his third in Ashes cricket as he combined with the irrepressible Brad Haddin to shift the momentum Australia's way after the home side was tottering at 97 for five.

Smith, who hit 115 off 154 balls, shared in an innings-turning stand of 128 with Haddin, 75 off 90 balls, to push Australia to 326 and have the tourists reeling at eight for one at first day stumps.

"It's my favourite place to play so I'm absolutely delighted to have got a hundred out here in tough circumstances and get the team in a good position," Smith said.

"I haven't played with too many nerves in this series. I've felt quite good every time I've gone to the crease.

"Obviously I haven't converted into big scores as much as I would have liked, but I've certainly felt good at the crease and today, I guess, was my day.

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