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Today’s back pages: ‘New Bradman’ Steve Smith is England’s nemesis again

A round up of the sport headlines from UK newspapers on 5 August

Steve Smith scored another century to put Australia in control of the first Ashes Test match against England at Edgbaston. 

Playing his first Test since returning from a ban after the ball-tampering scandal, Smith followed up his first innings ton with 142 in Australia’s second innings.

Smith’s incredible knock saw The Daily Telegraph compare him to the legendary Don Bradman - the greatest batsman of all. While The Times described the former Aussie skipper as “England’s nemesis” once again. 

With the tourists declaring on 487-7, this means England either have to reach a target of 398 to win or bat out the fifth and final day to secure a draw.

The Daily Express says England are in “tons of trouble” and will need a miracle to spoil Smith’s dream comeback. 

“Now bat like him” the Daily Mail reports, with the paper urging England to learn from centurion Smith if they want to rescue the first Test.

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