5th Ashes Test, Day 2: England vs Australia - As it happened...
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England, 1st innings:
Over 17.3 || Score 32/0
Stumps: Cook spoke to the umpires about bad light and that was the end of the day. Michael Clarke wasn’t happy and he too spoke to both the umpires. But the call had been taken.
The day will be remembered for Steven Smith’s maiden Test hundred. A massive moment for the youngster, a maiden Test century, that too in the Ashes. While rain spoiled an entire session, Australia made sure they reached a formidable score before Clarke declared the innings.
Alastair Cook 17* (50b) Joe Root 13* (55b)
Over 10 || Score 18/0
England have made a decent start and none of the bowlers have managed to make an impact so far. Cook scored two consecutive boundaries off Starc’s first over but since then, both the batsmen have focused more on seeing off the new ball. Australia would be happy to end the day with a wicket, but the English openers are looking unperturbed at the moment.
Alastair Cook 9* (30b) Joe Root 9* (30b)
Over 128.5 || Score 492/9
Australia have declared: Australia lost two more wickets of Mitchell Starc and Ryan Harris. Harris played some aggressive strokes, including two sixes off Graeme Swann, before being dismissed by James Anderson who picked his fourth wicket when he caught Harris off his own bowling. After Harris was dismissed, Clarke declared the innings just after one more ball was bowled. Australian bowlers now have around 20 overs to get some wickets and dominate the second day.
RJ Harris c & b Anderson 33 (27b)
MA Starc b Swann 13 (8b)
Over 120 || Score 425/7
James Faulkner was looking to score some quick runs as a result of which he was dismissed by Woakes who claimed his first Test wicket. Smith is batting on 118 and as England bowlers are striking at regular intervals, he would want to take the most of the strike from here onwards.
JP Faulkner c Trott b Woakes 23 (21b)
Over 117 || Score 397/6
Tea: It was a huge moment for Steven Smith as he reached his maiden Test ton in emphatic style. Jonathan Trott was introduced into the attack and Smith clobbered his first delivery off a lofted drive for a six! However, Trott dismissed Haddin in the same over when he dragged one onto the stumps. It has been another productive session for Australia and after Shane Watson, Smith is doing the job for the Aussies.
BJ Haddin b Trott 30 (57b)
Over 110 || Score 369/5
Smith has stitched in another crucial partnership with Brad Haddin. The duo has added 65 runs for the sixth wicket and Smith is playing in his nineties. Smith is one of those Australian batsman, who has had a good series and he deserves to reach a three-figure mark.
Steven Smith 93* (191b) Brad Haddin 22* (50b)
Over 100 || Score 329/5
Anderson has bowled plenty of those peach deliveries in this series, and this time the victim was Peter Siddle when a ball pitched on the middle-stump and moved away clipping his off-stump. Steven Smith is still looking rock solid at the crease and is slowly heading towards his maiden Test century. Australia have added 22 runs at the cost of one wicket in the last ten overs.
PM Siddle b Anderson 23 (27b)
The play has resumed after much delay and just to remind all of you, Australia were 307/4 at the end of the first day’s play with Steven Smith (66) and Peter Siddle (18) at the crease. While the dark clouds are still hovering over the ground, Australia would want to score some quick runs before any further interruption.
Update: Lunch has been taken. First session of the second day has been washed away by rain.
WEATHER UPDATE: The start has been delayed due to rain.
Shane Watson`s Test-best 176 left Australia firmly in charge of the fifth Ashes match against England at The Oval.
At stumps on Wednesday`s first day, Australia were 307 for four as they sought a consolation victory in a five-match series already won by England at 3-0 up.
Watson put a disappointing series with the bat behind him with just his third Test hundred -- his first in 25 matches and 48 innings since his previous best of 126 against India at Mohali in October 2010.
The 32-year-old all-rounder, playing his 46th Test, was especially severe on debutants Chris Woakes (none for 52 in 15 overs) and left-arm spinner Simon Kerrigan (none for 53 in eight), chosen after England opted against recalling fast bowler Chris Tremlett on his Surrey home ground.