Teammates give Smith tribute for failure

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Steve Smith was given a tongue-in-cheek tribute by teammates after a rare Test failure

Australia paid tribute to Steve Smith in their team song at the Gabba for once not for his wizardry with the willow, but rather because of a rare failure.

Such was the rarity of Steve Smith's low score of four against Pakistan, it marked the first time in his 69-Test career he'd made the lowest score in an Australia innings.

Smith has since claimed he ran the three kilometres back to the team hotel after the low score, but only after hitting the nets first in the lunch break.

It was a point not missed by the Australian team after their big win inside four days.

"Nathan Lyon when he sung our team song, was a tribute to Steve Smith," coach Justin Langer said.

"Because I think it was the first time in history he was the lowest scorer for Australia.

"So we tipped a beer over him and thought it was a great laugh."

Langer now expects to see the upside of that disappointment in the form of an even more determined Smith against Pakistan in Adelaide.

The right-hander has never gone more than two Tests without passing 50 in an innings.

He has also already spoken of his desire to prove a point to not get out to Yasir Shah, after the Pakistan spinner celebrated his scalp by raising seven fingers aloft - the number of times he has dismissed him in Test cricket.

""Time will tell (if it was wise from Yasir), time will tell. He won't need much motivation," Langer said.

"The wonderful thing is he's a very competitive young man like all the young players, competitive beasts.

"It probably wasn't the most ideal time for him to go in actually, when the boys had set up such a foundation.

"He's been Mr Fix It for a long time for us. Puts a smile on my face knowing if he's got a little bit more fire in his belly if that's possible."