Ashes 2023: Josh Tongue reveals plans to dismiss Smith on Day2 of 2nd Test
Ashes 2023: Josh Tongue reveals plans to dismiss Smith on Day2 of 2nd Test

LONDON: On Day 2 of the second Ashes Test at Lord's, fast bowler Josh Tongue revealed that England's strategy to dismiss the formidable Steve Smith lies in executing accurate deliveries within the correct channels during the crucial initial half-hour of the game.

At the close of play on the opening day, with Australia standing at 339/5 against England, Smith remained unbeaten on a remarkable 85 runs off 149 balls, including 10 fours.

When asked about the key to getting Steve Smith out, Tongue shared his thoughts with Sky Cricket, saying, "I believe the new ball holds the key, especially in the first 30 minutes. It's all about hitting that precise line and length, maintaining patience, and seizing the opportunities to claim those vital wickets."

Tongue earned his place in England's playing XI as a replacement for Moeen Ali, who suffered a finger injury during the first Test. The right-arm paceman proved to be the standout performer for the home team, making significant contributions by removing both of Australia's openers with exceptional deliveries, finishing the day with figures of 2/88.

Reflecting on the extraordinary experience of participating in the Ashes, the 25-year-old expressed his sentiments, saying, "When Baz (Brendon McCullum) informed us two days ago, it felt surreal. It's an immensely proud moment for me. Being part of an Ashes series has always been a dream. The nerves are heightened, considering the grand occasion of walking through the Long Room. It's an unforgettable memory."

Furthermore, Tongue commended Joe Root for his outstanding performance at the end of the day, where he swiftly dismissed Travis Head and Steve Smith, who had built a strong partnership of 118 runs for the fourth wicket.

Speaking about Root's pivotal contributions, Tongue added, "Rooty played a significant role in securing those crucial wickets. Personally, I found more success when I focused on hitting the pitch."

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