England have reacted to their 185-run defeat in the fourth Test at Old Trafford by naming an unchanged 13-man squad for the fifth and final Test at The Oval, starting on Thursday. Victory was secured when England were bowled out for 197 yesterday evening but it was set up by the brilliance of Smith.
Australia, who were enjoying their first series win in England for 18 years also lauded skipper Tim Paine by singing, "Same old Painey, always winning" as a play on the home crowd's chants of "same old Aussies always cheating" which have been sung towards the tourists throughout the summer.
It has been a brilliant return to Test cricket for Smith after his high-profile sacking as captain and suspension following Australia's ball-tampering scandal previous year. We're thrilled. This is what we came here to do.
"It feels fantastic to know the urn is coming home".
"I am not sure there are a heap of bowlers going around that would get through the workload that our guys are and maintain pace and skill like those two do".
But while Smith has made fun of England's bowling attack by consistently posting huge crucial scores throughout the series, he has taken the mocking to outside the Test arena too after poking fun at spin bowler Jack Leach. I've been here a few times when things haven't gone our way.
"I thought we showed great character, fight, and belief in what we wanted to achieve today. His energy is great and a really exciting cricketer for us and someone we can build our team around in the future".
"Also from where we've come from even from last week".
"There's been lots of individual performances, but there hasn't been a team performance".
"I could feel that during the week but we turned up here and did our job like good sports teams do".
After trying and failing to blow England away on previous tours with pace, Australia coach Justin Langer went back to the drawing board and formulated a plan that required discipline and patience from the bowlers to squeeze the scoring of the opposition batsmen.
Root's hopes of getting his hands back on the famous urn, which England lost after a 4-0 beating on the 2017/18 trip Down Under, evaporated at 6:15pm on the final day of the fourth Test.
Craig Overton, whose battling innings of 21 from 105 balls gave England hope on the final day at Old Trafford, retains his place in the squad and will once again compete for the role of third seamer, alongside Chris Woakes and the left-armer Sam Curran, another Surrey home boy.