Steve Smith remained after Jofra Archer dented Australia’s answer to England’s first-innings 294 on day two of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval an immovable object.
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Smith (59no) headed into the match with 671 runs in the show and also stretched that to 730 by java south London after notching his first time fifty-plus score as many innings this summer and 10th in a row against England.
Australia were 147-4 in the fracture – Smith by hammering Jack Leach over wide-long for a 20, finishing his half-century.
Archer has struck three times, removing the desperately out of form David Warner (5) after which Marcus Harris (3) in the opening session, until ousting Marnus Labuschagne (48) in the next – Sam Curran also cleanses together with the scalp Matthew Wade (19).
After Warner was out caught behind on review Labuschagne and smith placed on 69 for the next wicket along with also a Harris edged to slip to leave 14-2 to the tourists.
But with Labuschagne closing in about a fifty in six Ashes inningsthat he was trapped lbw as he missed his attempted leg-side shot, before Curran also ousted Wade leg before.
Warner had earlier avoided the ignominy of four straight ducks but nevertheless dropped, along with his dismissal ensuring there have now been a record-extending 18 opening stands below fifty inside this series, beating the 16 found from the four-Test, West Indies vs England series in 1934-35.
Even the left-hander is averaging only 9.33 in the series, and it has produced double figures just once in nine innings, at the initial knock at the next Test at Headingley if he battled to 61.
Smith has no troubles – although the left-arm swing of Curran has troubled him at times on Friday, using the Surrey star with a couple of outspoken lbw appeals turned down after curling straight deliveries .
England were bowled out 31 balls into the morning after progressing from their overnight 271-8 – Jos Buttler (70) and Leach (21) extending their ninth-wicket stand to 68.
Buttler was then siphoned off in edge and pad since Pat Cummins (3-84) proceeded onto 27 wickets for the string, while Leach hauled on defending to hand Mitchell Marsh (5-46) his inaugural Test five-for.
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