Smith and Labuschagne hold up England again after Archer strikes twice

Jose Verdugo
Setiembre 13, 2019

Australia has sensationally axed vice-captain Travis Head on the eve of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval.

Speaking about his own innings, Buttler, who reached his 50 off 60 balls, including three sixes, said: "It was tough to start with".

'I've found batting hard this summer and it was nice to relax and have some fun, ' he admitted.

Earlier, England added just 23 runs to their overnight score of 271 before being bowled out, with Australia's Mitchell Marsh claiming his first five-wicket haul in test cricket.

Australia are seeking their first Ashes series win in England for 18 years and Marsh said the tourists were pleased with their day's work despite England's late flourish.

"It probably wasn't reflected in our first session but you drop catches sometimes. It could have been better but we'd definitely take eight for 270 on that".

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Root has reached fifty 61 times in Tests but has gone on to reach three figures on just 16 occasions. It was his first Test half-century of the summer and helped keep England's hopes of salvaging a 2-2 draw alive. Both drops were off Cummins.

Shortly after lunch, with the ground now bathed in sunshine, the skipper had yet another reprieve when a diving Smith failed to hold on to a sharp chance at second slip off Siddle.

The 27-year-old continued his middle order demolition job when he set Jonny Bairstow up beautifully, bowling outswinger after outswinger to the right-hander before surprising him with a yorker-length inswinger that had him plumb LBW for 22. It was angling in on off-stump and nibbling away just enough to second slip, where Ben Stokes took a good low catch.

With Australia trailing by 147 runs with six wickets still in hand It will be a worry for Root that Smith has turned six of those halves into hundreds and two into double hundreds.

Australia are bidding to secure a 3-1 series victory after retaining the Ashes by winning the fourth test at Old Trafford, meaning England would at best only be able to draw the series 2-2.

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