England vs Australia 1st Ashes Test Day 4: Smith, Wade set England 398 to win

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Steve Smith celebrates after scoring his 25th Test century

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Australia batsmen Steve Smith and Matthew Wade scored 142 and 110 respectively to set England a target of 398 to win on the fourth day of the first Ashes Test at Edgbaston.

Starting off the day on 124/3, Smith and Travis Head converted their 49-run partnership into a 130-run stand before Head was caught behind off the bowling of Ben Stokes for 51, which came off 116 balls and included six boundaries.

Smith and Wade kept the runs flowing with a 126-run partnership, during which Smith surpassed his hundred and Wade his fifty, before Smith was caught behind off the bowling of Chris Woakes for 143, which came off 207 deliveries and included 14 boundaries.

Wade and captain Tim Paine added 76 runs to the score, during which Wade brought up his century, before he was dismissed by Stokes for a career-best 110, which came off 143 deliveries and included 17 boundaries.

Matthew Wade 110 England Australia 1st Ashes Test Day 4 Edgbaston cricket

Matthew Wade soaks in the moment after bringing up his third Test hundred

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Paine went on to score 34 before he was clean bowled by Moeen Ali.

James Pattinson and Pat Cummins forged an unbeaten 78-run stand before Australia declared on 487/7, which set England a target of 398 to win.

Pattinson finished on 47, which came off 48 balls and included two boundaries and four sixes, while Cummins remained undefeated on 26, which came off 33 deliveries and included two boundaries.

Stokes was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Moeen snapped up two, and Woakes and Stuart Broad chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 398 to win, England scored 13 runs from the seven overs they faced before stumps was called.

Rory Burns ended up making seven runs, while Jason Roy remained unbeaten on six.

England ended day four on 13/0 and will continue batting on Monday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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