Ashes: Australia all-rounder Steve Smith keen to build on his Perth century
Steve Smith is determined to kick on after scoring an unbeaten century on day one of the third Ashes Test.
Last Updated: 14/12/13 7:14am
The 24-year-old all-rounder batted brilliantly to finish the day on 103 not out, with Smith's knock crucial to Australia's fightback in Perth.
The hosts had been reduced to 143-5 at one stage, but Smith and Brad Haddin (55) shared a sixth-wicket stand of 124 to turn the tide.
Smith and Mitchell Johnson (39no) then guided Australia to 326-6 at the close to give them the advantage at the WACA.
And Smith is hoping that the duo can pick up where they left off when they return to the crease on Saturday.
"We lost a few wickets there in the middle so it was nice to build a little partnership with Brad and then Mitch at the end," he told Sky Sports.
"He stroked the ball beautifully so hopefully we can come out in the morning and do more of the same."
Smith had struggled for runs early in the series, but he gave a timely reminder of his talents with his second Test century.
"I was probably under a little bit of pressure so it was nice to get some runs," he admitted.
"Hopefully we can kick on and get Australia in a nice position.
"I am sure a few of the boys weren't too happy with the shots they played to get out but that's cricket. They had their day in the last couple of games and I've missed out so today I was pretty keen to cash in."