Ashes: Glenn McGrath lauds Steve Smith, Brad Haddin

Updated: 03 January 2014 17:30 IST

Steve Smith scored 115 and Brad Haddin hit 75 on the opening day of the final Ashes Test. Former bowling great Glenn McGrath tweeted his congratulations.

Sydney:

Bowling great Glenn McGrath has lauded Steven Smith and Brad Haddin, who bailed Australia out from a precarious position in the fifth and final Ashes Test against England here on Friday.

(Day 1 scorecard | Day in pics)

The hosts were reeling at 97/5 in the first innings when Smith and Haddin struck a 128-run sixth wicket partnership on the first day of the match. Haddin got out for a well deserved 75 while Smith (115) scored his third Test century, and second of the series, to take Australia to 326. (Read Day 1 report here)

"Great innings by @stevesmith49 115 & Brad Haddin 75 to get the Aussies to 326. Looking forward to day 2 of the Pink SCG Test," McGrath tweeted.

Smith's 115 is his second highest score after 138 not out and all his hundreds have come against England.

Topics : Cricket Australia England Brad Haddin Stephen Barry Smith Glenn McGrath The Ashes, 2013 The Ashes, 2013-14
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