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Advantage Australia as Smith stars

4th August 2019, 18:51 by Gareth Freeman

Australia's Steve Smith hit a second century at Egbaston to give the tourists the advantage in the first Ashes Test against England.

Smith's 144 in the first innings effectively kept the tourists in the contest and he reproduced those heroics in the second innings with a 142.

Matthew Wade also hit a century as he managed a knock of 110, while Travis Head hit 51 and James Pattison an unbeaten 47 as Australia declared on 487 - setting England a target of 398 to win.

England will have to bat out the final day if they are to avoid a defeat as chasing that total is all but impossible but the hosts did at least manage a solid start in their own second innings.

Openers Rory Burns and Jason Roy came through seven overs at the end of the day to close on 13-0.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Gareth Freeman is an experienced journalist who can offer in-depth knowledge on a host of sports, especially football, tennis, snooker and basketball.

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