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Smith headlines comeback Test with twin centuries
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Smith headlines comeback Test with twin centuries

Steve Smith's outstanding record against England has ascended to another level as he brought up the second century of his comeback Test in the Ashes series opener at Edgbaston on Sunday.

Smith was eventually dismissed for a brisk 142 off 207 deliveries, helping Australia to a dominant position in the second innings.

The 30-year-old's masterful knock followed his magnificent 144 on Thursday during his first Test appearance since the expiry of a 12-month ban for his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in Cape Town last year.

Smith reached his twin century in the match off a textbook cover drive to Stuart Broad and celebrated the moment with his bat raised in the direction of Australia's dressing room.

While the intensity of the persistent boos from the crowd alleviated when Smith achieved the three-figure milestone, chants of "Crying on the telly, we saw you crying on the tell" soon resumed.

Smith's 25th Test century places him on par with India's Virat Kohli and Pakistan's Inzamam-ul-Haq in the list of most number of hundreds by a batsman in his career.

He is now only the fifth batter from his country to accomplish centuries in both innings of a Test match against England joining the likes of Warren Bardsley, Arthur Morris, Steve Waugh and Matthew Hayden.

Smith's splendid ton also raised his tally of Ashes centuries to 10, equal with former Aussie captain Steve Waugh.

'He knows exactly what he's trying to do' - Waugh

Smith perished for his valuable contribution when he was caught behind off Chris Woakes' bowling, following a 126-run partnership with Matthew Wade.

His feat of centuries in both innings is just the second instance in Birmingham as England's Marcus Trescothick completed this in 2004 against the West Indies.

"When he goes out to bat, it's almost like he's in a trance-like state," Waugh appreciated Smith on Channel Nine.

"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," added Waugh, who is currently serving as a mentor to Australia in the Ashes.

Smith's emphatic return to Test cricket has taken many by surprise after his underwhelming performance in the recently concluded World Cup created perceptions of rustiness.

The dependable No. 4's 25th hundred came in his 65th Test - the second-fastest to this landmark following Don Bradman.

Although Australia are currently in possession of the fabled Ashes urn, they have not triumphed on English soil since 2001.