STEVE Smith’s captain’s knock and some big hitting by Australia’s lower order helped the hosts take charge of the second Test against India.

HE’S ranked higher than Shane Watson and has changed the course of Test matches with bat and ball. Here’s why Mitchell Johnson is a genuine all-rounder.

MATTHEW Wade got Melbourne Renegades innings off to a flyer before Sean Abbott pegged things back for Sydney Sixers. FOLLOW IT LIVE!

STEVE Smith has become just the fifth Australian in the last 100 years — and ninth over all — to score a century on Test debut as captain.

MELBOURNE City boss John van‘t Schip has confirmed his international marquee Robert Koren will make his debut in the Melbourne derby on Saturday night.

Poll Archive

Who will win Saturday's all-important Hawthorn-Essendon clash and secure a place in the finals?
Aug 25, 2009

Who will win Saturday's all-important Hawthorn-Essendon clash and secure a place in the finals?

Hawthorn

36.2%

Essendon

56.8%

It will be a draw

7%

Total votes - 315

Who do you think will win the final Ashes Test at the Oval?
Aug 20, 2009

Who do you think will win the final Ashes Test at the Oval?

Australia

61.7%

England

13%

It will be a draw

25.2%

Total votes - 115

Do you think Barry Hall will play Australian Rules Football again?
Jul 08, 2009

Do you think Barry Hall will play Australian Rules Football again?

Yes

27.4%

No

67.8%

Unsure

4.8%

Total votes - 230

Who do you think will win the upcoming Ashes Test cricket series in the UK?
Jun 26, 2009

Who do you think will win the upcoming Ashes Test cricket series in the UK?

Australia

77.6%

England

16.4%

Draw

5.9%

Total votes - 219

Will Dean Laidley coach an AFL team in 2010?
Jun 16, 2009

Will Dean Laidley coach an AFL team in 2010?

Yes

35.2%

No

64.8%

Total votes - 105