Steve Smith proved his class is not restricted to batting with an incredible one-handed catch to dismiss England batsman Dawid Malan in Sydney.
The Australia captain, who has already scored over 600 runs in six innings during the Ashes series, dived to his left to take an extraordinary catch at second slip off the bowling of Mitchell Starc.
Malan had battled hard on day one of the final Ashes match at the SCG, scoring his fifth Test half-century in ten matches, but was unable to kick on this morning, adding just seven more runs to his total.
The stunning catch gave Australia just the start to the day they wanted as England slipped to 251-6 having been 228-3 at one stage on day one.
Stunning Steve Smith catch removes Dawid Malan:
WHAT. A. CATCH
Is there anything Steve Smith can’t do?!
— The Ashes on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) January 4, 2018
GEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE What a great catch by Smith- just when we were all thinking we had found a weakness in his game!!
— Merv Hughes (@MervHughes332) January 4, 2018
Malan’s wicket did not inspire a familiar collapse, however, as Tom Curran (39), Moeen Ali (30) and Stuart Broad (31) pushed the total up to 346.
On Smith’s grab, former Australia star Michael Slater told BT Sport: ‘That is a ridiculous catch, that is unbelievable.
‘Smith has dropped a couple of catches this series but this is one of the best you’ll see. That was brilliant.’