Ashes-holders Australia, bidding to win their first Test series away
to England in 18 years, made 487-7 declared in their second innings as
they capitalised on the absence from the home side's attack of the
injured James Anderson.
That left England needing 398 for victory, with the most they have
made in the fourth innings to win a Test their 332-7 against Australia
at Melbourne back in 1928/29.
Australia captain Tim Paine's declaration late on Sunday's fourth day
left England with an awkward seven overs to bat before stumps.
Rory Burns, fresh from his maiden Test century in the first innings,
and Surrey teammate Jason Roy saw England to 13-0 at the close.
Smith made 142 following his 144 in the first innings of the match -
the former Australia captain's first Test since the end of a 12-month
ban for his role in last year's ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
Meanwhile Matthew Wade marked his first Test for nearly two years with a fine 110.
Smith has now scored 1,116 runs
in his past 10 Ashes innings, a figure second only to the 1 236 made
over the same span by Don Bradman - widely regarded as Test cricket's
And he is only the fifth Australian to have scored centuries in both innings of an Ashes Test.
"I'd never scored hundreds in both innings before at any level so I
was keen to do that and it's great to get us in a good position," an
elated Smith told Sky Sports.
"I was very emotional with the first hundred, I was lost for words
and had to take a few deep breaths. The spine was tingling a bit."
Smith, 98 not out at lunch, went to three figures in style when he
cover-drove fast bowler Stuart Broad for his 10th four in 147 balls
He celebrated by removing his batting helmet and waving his bat joyously towards the Australia changing room.
And while there was applause from a packed crowd, there were also
renewed chants of "Crying on the telly, we saw you crying on the telly"
in a reference to the emotional press conference Smith gave in Sydney
after he was sent home from South Africa.
"He knows exactly what he's trying to do, exactly what the opposition
are trying to do... he analyses every ball and it's like a computer, he
spits out the answer," former Australia captain Steve Waugh, now a
mentor to the current squad, told Channel Nine.
England captain Joe Root brought himself on to bowl his part-time
off-breaks and deployed Joe Denly's occasional leg-spin as frontline
spinner Moeen Ali struggled to exert any control.
Wicketkeeper Wade, playing as a specialist batsman, with Paine behind
the stumps, reverse-swept Root to complete a 70-ball fifty.
The new ball, however, did eventually give England the wicket they craved.
Chris Woakes, who strangely bowled just seven overs on Sunday, got
one to deviate in the air with Smith edging an intended drive to
wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow.
As Smith walked back after a 207-ball innings including 14 fours, the cheers at last drowned out the jeers.
Wade, who overturned an lbw decision on 69, reverse-swept Root for the 15th four of his innings to complete a 131-ball hundred.
He holed out off Ben Stokes soon afterwards but it scarcely made any
difference, with James Pattinson belting 47 not out as England became
increasingly ragged in the field.
Steve Smith's 142 against England at Edgbaston on Sunday saw him become just the fifth Australia batsman to score hundreds in both innings of an Ashes Test.
Warren Bardsley - 136 and 130 - The Oval, 1909
Arthur Morris - 122 and 124* - Adelaide, 1946/47
Steve Waugh - 108 and 116 - Manchester, 1997
Matthew Hayden - 197 and 103 - Brisbane, 2002/03
Steve Smith - 144 and 142 - Birmingham, 2019