Steve Smith failed to maneuver for the first time in the Ashes this summer as England reduced Australia into 167-5 in tea in their drive to get a series-levelling victory in the day four of the fifth Test at The Oval.
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Smith clipped Ben Stokes at leg slip and Stuart Broad together to depart for 23, with made 144, 142, 92, 211, 82 and 80 in his six Test innings.
Mitch Marsh (24) also fell in the day, flicking Joe Root to short leg having enjoyed lifelines on six and 13, presumably when he was captured off a Chris Woakes no ball and after when Rory Burns shelled at gully – Marsh’s wicket ending a fifth-wicket alliance of 63 with Matthew Wade (60no).
Burns was the catcher when Broad ignored David Warner (11) for the seventh time in the show during the afternoon – the batsman finish the Ashes with a horrible tally of 95 runs in 10 innings at an average of 9.5.
Warner and Marcus Harris (9) had finished Australia’s greatest opening stand that summer – a paltry 18 – until Broad sent Harris’ off stump cartwheeling from around the wicket.
Jack Leach also had Marnus Labuschagne (14) stumped by Jonny Bairstow prior to lunch and when Smith departed at the second semester, England’s hopes of a success inside four times were sparked.
But the tenacious Wade – that blasted Leach for three boundaries in a row at one over before finishing a 65-ball fifth Test fifty – and – skipper Tim Paine (10no) could help Australia take the match into Monday.
Leach (9) and Jofra Archer (3) dropped inside 20 minutes in the afternoon following England declared on 313-8 – Broad (12no off nine balls) smiting Pat Cummins for 2 sixes after Archer was out caught behind off Cummins on review and before Leach top-edged Nathan Lyon (4-69) into mid-on.
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