England vs Australia 2nd Ashes Test Day 4: Smith stars before England lose four

Steve Smith 92 England Australia 2nd Ashes Test Day 4 Lord's cricket

Steve Smith fell eight runs short of his third consecutive hundred

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Steve Smith scored a gutsy 92 before Australia took four wickets to gain the upper hand over England on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s.

Starting off the day on 80/4, Australia added 22 runs to his overnight score before Matthew Wade was dismissed by Stuart Broad for six runs.

Smith and captain Tim Paine stabilised the innings with a 60-run partnership before Paine was caught by Jos Buttler at short leg off the bowling of debutant Jofra Archer for 23.

Smith and Cummins added 41 runs to the score before Smith retired hurt on 80 after being struck on the neck by a short-pitched delivery from Archer.

However, once Peter Siddle was dismissed for nine runs, Smith returned but only added 12 runs to his score before he was trapped lbw off the bowling of Chris Woakes for 92, which came off 161 balls and included 14 boundaries.

Nathan Lyon made six runs before he was given out lbw off the bowling of Jack Leach.

Australia ended up being bowled out for 250, which gave England an eight-run lead, when Pat Cummins was caught behind off the bowling of Broad for 20.

Broad was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Woakes snapped up three, Archer took two and Leach chipped in with one.

With an eight-run lead in hand, England lost Jason Roy early on as he was caught and bowled by Cummins for two runs.

England captain Joe Root fell the very next ball as he was caught behind for a golden duck.

Rory Burns and Joe Denly made up for the loss of Roy and Root with a 55-run partnership before Denly was caught and bowled by Siddle for 26.

Burns went on to score 29 before he was caught behind off the bowling of Siddle.

Ben Stokes and Buttler managed to forge an unbeaten 25-run partnership before rain brought play to an end for the day.

Stokes finished on 16, which came off 41 balls and included two boundaries, while Buttler remained undefeated on 10.

Cummins and Siddle claimed two wickets each.

England ended day four on 96/4 and will continue batting on Sunday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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