Jofra Archer took 6-62 to give England the upper hand in the fifth Ashes Test, despite yet more runs from Australia’s Steve Smith on day two at The Oval.
Australia bowled out for 225 runs in response to England’s first innings of 294 runs. England was 9 for no loss in the second innings at the end of second day.
Pace bowler Archer was supported by three wickets from left-armer Sam Curran – including two in two balls. Through it all, Smith stood firm, and it was his wicket – lbw to Chris Woakes for 80 – that England and their supporters celebrated the most.
It says much about Smith’s stellar summer that this was his lowest score of the series and the inability to reach a century felt like a relative failure.
England batted twice in the day. In the morning they went from 271-8 to 294 all out, a total that looked short of par on a flat pitch.