As England reduced Australia at tea in their drive for a series-levelling success in the day four of the fifth Test at The Oval into 167-5 steve Smith didn’t pass for the first time in the Ashes this summer.
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Smith trimmed Stuart Broad to depart for 23, with made 80 and 144, 142, 92, 211, 82 in his six Test innings.
Mitch Marsh (24) also dropped in the day, flicking Joe Root to short leg having appreciated lifelines on six and 13, firstly when he was captured off a Chris Woakes no ball and then when Rory Burns shelled at gully – Marsh’s wicket finish a fifth-wicket alliance of 63 with Matthew Wade (60no).
Burns has been the catcher when Broad ignored David Warner (11) to the seventh time in the series through the afternoon – the batsman ending the Ashes with a dreadful tally of 95 runs in 10 innings at an average of 9.5.
Warner along with Marcus Harris (9) had finished Australia’s greatest opening stand that this summer – a paltry 18 – before Broad delivered Harris’ off stump cartwheeling from around the wicket.
Jack Leach had Marnus Labuschagne (14) stumped by Jonny Bairstow before lunch and when Smith departed from the next semester, England’s hopes of a victory inside four times were sparked.
But the tenacious Wade – that blasted Leach for three boundaries in a row one over prior to finishing a 65-ball fifth Evaluation fifty – along with skipper Tim Paine (10no) could now help Australia take the game into Monday.
Leach (9) and Jofra Archer (3) fell inside 20 minutes from the afternoon following England resumed on 313-8 – Broad (12no off two chunks ) smiting Pat Cummins for two sixes later Archer was out caught behind off Cummins on inspection and before Leach top-edged Nathan Lyon (4-69) into mid-on.
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