England vs Australia 4th Ashes Test Day 2: Smith’s double century keeps Australia on top

Steve Smith 211 England Australia 4th Ashes Test Day 2 Manchester cricket

Steve Smith celebrates after scoring his third double century in Test cricket

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Steve Smith scored a sensational 211 to keep Australia in a commanding position over England on the second day of the fourth Ashes Test in Manchester.

Starting off the day on 170/3, Australia only added 13 runs to their overnight score before Travis Head was trapped lbw off the bowling of Stuart Broad for 19.

Smith and Matthew Wade added 41 runs to the score before Wade was caught by England captain Joe Root at mid-on off the bowling of Jack Leach for 16.

Smith and Australia skipper Tim Paine kept the runs flowing with a 145-run partnership, during which Smith surpassed the 150-run mark and Paine brought up his half-century.

However, shortly after doing so, Paine was caught behind off the bowling of Craig Overton for 58, which came off 127 balls and included eight boundaries.

Pat Cummins was then dismissed by Leach for four runs, while Smith and Mitchell Starc forged a 51-run partnership before Smith was caught by Joe Denly at backward point off the bowling of Root for 211, which came off 319 deliveries and included 24 boundaries and two sixes.

Starc and Nathan Lyon kept the scoreboard ticking with an unbeaten 59-run stand, during which Starc registered his fifty, before Australia declared on 497/8.

Starc ended up making a 58-ball 54, which included seven boundaries and two sixes, while Lyon remained undefeated on 26, which came off 26 balls and included four boundaries.

Broad was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets, while Overton and Leach snapped up two wicket apiece. As for Root, he chipped in with one.

Trailing by 497 runs, England lost Denly in the seventh over as he was caught by Wade at short leg off the bowling of Cummins for four runs.

Rory Burns and Overton, who was sent in as the nightwatchman, managed to guide England to stumps safely as they put together an unbeaten 13-run stand.

Burns finished on 15, which came off 25 balls and included two boundaries, while Overton remained unbeaten on three.

Cummins was the only bowler to take a wicket.

England ended day two on 23/1 and will continue batting on Friday at 11:00 local time or 10:00 GMT.

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