Steve Smith Double Century puts Australia in control of 4th Ashes Test

Steve Smith (211) celebrates his double century
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Steve Smith scored a brilliant double century to put Australia in control of 4th Ashes Test at Old Trafford today.

 

Match Summary

Australia 497-8 (Marnus Labuschagne 67, Steven Smith 211, Tim Paine 58, Mitchell Starc 54*; Stuart Broad 3- 97)

England – 23-1

At the Close - England trail Australia by 474 runs with 9 wickets remaining

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Australia piled on the agony for England on day two, finally declaring their 1st Innings on 497-8. Steve Smith 211, Tim Paine 58 and Mitchell Starc 54* were the main run getters and have put their side firmly in control of the 4th Test.

England will have to bat extremely well over the next few days to come out of this match with a draw and take the Ashes to a deciding 5th Test at the Oval.

 

England - Rory Burns, Joe Denly, Joe Root(c), Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow(wk), Jos Buttler, Craig Overton, Jofra Archer, Stuart Broad, Jack Leach

Australia - David Warner, Marcus Harris, Marnus Labuschagne, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Matthew Wade, Tim Paine(c)(wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon

 

Match Details

Start Time: 11:00

Toss: Australia won the toss and decided to bat

Venue: Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

Officials: Handunnettige Dharmasena, Marais Erasmus, Ruchira Palliyaguruge, Robert Bailey, Javagal Srinath

 

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