Steve Smith remained an immovable object after Jofra Archer dented the answer of Australia on day two of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval to England 294.
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Smith (59no) led into the match with 671 runs from the show and stretched that to 730 by java from south London after notching his first time fifty-plus score in as many innings that summer and 10th in a row against England.
Australia were 147-4 at the rest – Smith by beating Jack Leach over wide-long to get a 20, finishing his half-century.
Archer has hit three times, removing the urgently from form David Warner (5) after which Marcus Harris (3) in the opening session, before ousting Marnus Labuschagne (48) at the next – Sam Curran also dissipates together with the scalp Matthew Wade (19).
After Warner was out caught behind on review, Labuschagne and smith put on 69 for the next wicket and also also a squared-up Harris edged to slide to leave 14-2 to the tourists.
Until Curran also ousted Wade leg but with Labuschagne final in about a fifty at six Ashes innings , he was trapped lbw because he missed his attempted leg-side shot.
Warner had previously avoided the ignominy of four straight ducks but still fell cheaply, along with his dismissal ensuring there have now been a record-extending 18 opening stands under fifty in this series, beating the 16 seen in the four-Test, West Indies vs England series in 1934-35.
Even the left-hander is averaging only 9.33 in the series, and it has made double figures only once in nine innings, at the first knock in the next Test at Headingley when he battled into 61.
Smith has no troubles – although Curran swing has troubled him at times on Friday, using all the Surrey star with a couple of outspoken lbw appeals following curling straight deliveries turned down.
England were bowled out 31 balls into the morning session after progressing in their instantly 271-8 – Jos Buttler (70) and Leach (21) extending their ninth-wicket stand to 68.
Buttler was bowled off in edge and pad since Pat Cummins (3-84) proceeded onto 27 wickets for the series, while Leach dragged on defending to hand Mitchell Marsh (5-46) his maiden Test five-for.
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