Ashes 2019: Another half-century for Smith but England make inroads

By Nicholas McGee 13 September 2019 212
Ashes 2019: Another half-century for Smith but England make inroads

Steve Smith recorded his 10th consecutive score of 50 or more against England as he remained at the crease at tea on day two of the fifth and final Ashes Test.

Smith and Marnus Labuschagne looked well placed to frustrate England once more on 55-2 at lunch at The Oval but just 28 further runs were added to their partnership before Jofra Archer struck.

Archer claimed the wickets of David Warner and Marcus Harris to reduce Australia to 14-2 and, after Smith and Labuschagne pushed the tourists on to 83, made the latter his third victim by trapping him lbw.

Matthew Wade went via the same manner to Sam Curran for just 19 but Smith once again proved the immovable object, Australia's talisman reaching his half-century with a six over long on.

Smith, who is now up to 730 runs for the series, helped Australia reach 147-4 at tea, with Mitchell Marsh 12 not out as the all-rounder looks to match his fantastic contribution with the ball.

Australia reached tea 147 runs shy of England's first innings total of 294 as they seek to win the series 3-1 having successfully retained the urn with their triumph at Old Trafford in the fourth Test.

Just 36 runs shy of Alastair Cook's tally of 766 from 2010-11, Smith is closing in on entering the top five for most runs in an Ashes series, while a demoralised England will sure to be glad to see the back of him after an incredible batting performance.

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