With twin tons in his first Test since the embarrassing ban over ball tampering, former Australia captain Steve Smith has won back a lot of admirers. Smith's hundred in each innings of the first Ashes Test not only enabled Australia to recover from 122 for 8, but they also went on to clinch the match and a crucial 1-0 lead in the series.
Such a pity and Australia and South Africa who, over the years, have produced one of the greatest rivalries in cricket, will feature in a game of no consequence at Manchester on Saturday. Twenty years back in England, these two sides produced back-to-back fascinating games which concluded in the Edgbaston humdinger. Things have been drastically different this time.