Ashes, 5th Test: Steve Smith's ton gives Australia the advantage on Day 2
Steven Smith brought up his maiden test century with a six on Thursday, before Australia declared on 492-9, on day two of the fifth test with England at the Oval.
Steve Smith's 138 not out powered Australia to an imposing first innings total of 492 for nine declared on the second day as they sought a consolation win after England had already taken the series at 3-0 up. (All AFP and AP photos)
When bad light ended play for the day, England were 32 without loss, a deficit of 460 runs. <br> England captain Alastair Cook was 17 not out and Joe Root 13 not out.
England did strike early on with Peter Siddle's dismissal, bowled by James Anderson to go past Bob Willis as second highest wicket-taker ever for the hosts.<br><br> Brad Haddin (seen bowled in the image) then added 65 with Steve Smith before getting out to Trott.
However, there was no falling short of three figures for Smith on Thursday. The 24-year-old, playing the 12th Test of a career that saw him initially regarded as a leg-spinner who batted, went to his hundred in style by on-driving occasional medium-pacer Jonathan Trott for six.
An embarrassing post-tea session where Cook set excessively defensive fields even when the tailenders, rather than Smith, were on strike, saw England concede 95 runs in 11.5 overs. <br> James Faulkner holed out to give fellow debutant Woakes a maiden Test wicket before Graeme Swann, who didn't bowl until three hours into the day's play despite being arguably the world's leading off-spinner, struck with his second ball Friday to dismiss Mitchell Starc. <br><br> Ryan Harris hit 33 at better than a run-a-ball before he was caught and bowled by Anderson, who had to run some 20 yards to the vacant mid-off area.
Anderson led England's attack with four wickets for 95 runs in 29.5 overs but he was denied the chance to take his fifth wicket of the innings when Australia captain Michael Clarke declared before last man Nathan Lyon faced a ball.
Australia then attacked England to their level best but were unable to get a breakthrough.