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Smith ton powers Australia to 492, but England openers survive late Aussie burst

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Australia had piled on an impressive 492-9 declared in the first innings of the fifth and final Test match of the series at the Oval thanks to an unbeaten maiden Test century from young Steve Smith. When Michael Clarke made the declaration, Smith was 138 not out from 241 balls, including 16 fours and two sixes, one of which he smashed back over Jonathon Trott’s head to bring up his century in dramatic fashion.

Early rain washed out the entire first session but when play eventually got underway at 2:30pm local time Smith received good lower order support from Ryan Harris (33), Brad Haddin (30), Peter Siddle (23) and James Faulkner (23). All the bowlers scored at a good pace to ensure that Australia got their runs quickly and as a result had a go at the England top order today. 

England though survived a testing period of play without any scares and were 32 for none at stumps on day 2. James Anderson was the bowling hero for the hosts, taking 4-95 from just under 30 overs in what must be said were rather helpful overcast conditions that were quite conducive to swing bowling.

Australia though failed to make the most of the new ball before bad light brought an early end to the day's play, and will be hoping that the weather stays rather similar considering the presence of 4 frontline seamers in their bowling attack.

Mini Scorecard:

Australia 1st Innings 492-9 declared (128.5 overs, 3.81rpo)

S Watson 176 (247) J Anderson 4-95 (29.5)

S Smith 138* (241) G Swann 2-95 (33)

England 1st Innings 32-0 (17.3 overs, 1.82rpo)

A Cook 17* (50)

J Root 13* (55)