Smith's grinding knock of 144 off 219 balls pulled Australia out of trouble to a respectable 284 after being eight down for 122 on the opening day of the first Ashes Test
Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith's comments on ball-tampering scandal will raise eyebrows, says Ricky Ponting
Ponting, however, said he does not believe the fresh controversy on the ball-tampering issue will have an impact on the national team.
Former Australian captain Steve Smith said Cricket Australia executives James Sutherland and Pat Howard played a key role in spreading the toxic "win at all costs" culture in the team that led to the infamous ball-tampering scandal.
Cameron Bancroft says he wanted 'to fit in', reveals 'mastermind' David Warner's role in ball tampering scandal
Bancroft was seen using sandpaper to try to rough up the ball in the Cape Town Test in March, receiving a nine-month ban from international and domestic cricket for his part in an incident that rocked the sport.
Steve Smith says he had opportunity to stop ball-tampering scandal but turned blind eye, admits failing as a leader
Former Australia skipper Steve Smith admitted he failed as a captain by turning a blind eye to the ball-tampering scandal and said it has been hard watching Australia struggle from the sidelines.
Commercial starts with a voice overlay of Smith’s tearful apology when he fronted the media upon his return home from South Africa before cutting to scenes of him playing for local club Sutherland and conducting a coaching clinic.
Banned duo Steve Smith and David Warner came out for their respective Sydney club teams in a game at Coogee Oval also featuring Shane Watson.
England's Moeen Ali says Australia's 'disrespect' for opponents makes them the only side he 'disliked'
Moeen Ali said, "The first game I ever played against them (Australia), in Sydney, just before the 2015 World Cup, they were not just going hard at you, they were almost abusing you."
Australia begin life after ball-tampering saga, hand out contracts to fresh 20-man pool with Tim Paine as captain
Fast bowlers were the winners, as Australia's post-ball tampering era began on Wednesday with a heavily revamped list of nationally contracted players, minus the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner