Australia cemented its advantage on day two of the final Ashes cricket Test against England, with Steve Smith’s century pushing the visitors to 397-6 at tea after a rain-delayed start at the Oval in London.
The 24-year-old was not out on 112 at the break, combining with Brad Haddin for a 65-run partnership before Haddin was bowled by Jonathan Trott. Play was delayed until after lunch by persistent rain, and heavy cloud cover presented England’s attack with the perfect conditions for swing bowling.
James Anderson bowled Peter Siddle for 23 in the fifth over of the day, but England couldn’t maintain any momentum. Smith reached his 100 with a six over the long-on boundary off Trott.
Australia ended the session firmly in control with Smith on 112 and James Faulkner, making his debut, unbeaten on one.
England leads the five-match series 3-0.