Smith and Voges enjoy putting on Boxing Day show


Australia captain Steve Smith has praised the professional nature of his team's performance as they continued their Boxing Day Test domination of West Indies.

Smith returned to the crease at the start of the day with Adam Voges and neither surrendered their wicket as the captain produced a superb knock of 134 not out, before declaring at 551-3.

Speaking to Channel 9 after stumps, Smith said he owed a lot to the work of Joe Burns (128) and Usman Khawaja (144) for setting up the innings on day one.

"I guess you can play with a lot of freedom and confidence when you come in at 2-300 or whatever it was," Smith said.

"It was nice to come out yesterday and play a few shots and come back this morning and just be positive and get on with the job at hand.

"It's pretty easy [to stay hungry for runs]. You want to score as many runs as you can for your country, but you've got to go out and start on zero each day."

Smith and Voges put on a 223-run partnership, as the latter finished on 106 not out on his Boxing Day Test debut to take his average against the Windies to a remarkable 542.

And the 36-year-old is showing no signs of slowing down.

"Physically, I'm going great, but I suppose when you're scoring runs everything does feel good," Voges said.

"It's been amazing, this was my first Boxing Day test and to score 100 out here was just an incredible feeling.

"It's just like any other innings, you have to start well, get through those first 20-30 balls and when you're in, cash in."