Australia vs England 4th Test Day 5: Smith’s superb ton steers Australia to a draw

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Steve Smith celebrates after scoring his 23rd Test century

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Australia captain Steve Smith added another century to his name as he scored an unbeaten 102 prior to the fourth Test against England ending as a draw.

Starting off the day on 103/2, Smith and David Warner converted their 38-run partnership into a 107-run stand, during which Warner sailed past his fifty.

However, just as a hundred seemed to be in sight, Warner suffered a lapse in concentration and was dismissed by England skipper Joe Root for 86, which came off 227 balls and included eight boundaries.

Shaun Marsh fell shortly after for four runs, but Smith and Mitchell Marsh not only stabilised the innings, but also guided Australia to 263/4 before both teams decided to end the match as a draw.

Smith and Marsh put together an unbeaten 85-run partnership, during which Smith brought up his hundred.

Smith finished on 102 off 275 balls, which included six boundaries, while Marsh remained undefeated on 29 off 166 deliveries, which included three boundaries.

Root, James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Chris Woakes claimed one wicket each.

England opener Alastair Cook was named Man of the Match for his sparkling innings of 244 not out.

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