Ashes 2019: 'Steve Smith is not immortal - England must remember that'

How do you solve a problem like Steve Smith?

The finest minds in cricket have been trying to find the answer to this particular question for years, and the finest minds are still looking rather red-faced and embarrassed.

Genius doesn't always come in neat packages. You could never coach anyone else to bat as Smith does, and if you struggle to see the beauty behind his ugly unorthodoxy then you might wonder if he can really be a genius at all.

But he is. His unbeaten 46 at Edgbaston on Saturday means across his past 10 innings against England he is averaging 145. Before his self-inflicted absence from Test cricket he was averaging 70 in his past three years of Test cricket.

These are extraordinary numbers, and Smith is an extraordinary talent.