England are 32 for no loss at stumps on day two, trailing by a mammoth 460 runs
London, 22 August
England reached 32-0 at stumps on Thursday, trailing Australia by 460 on day two of the fifth Test at the Oval.
Alastair Cook and Joe Root are the not out batsmen on 17 and 13 respectively, having batted through a tricky period after Australia declared on 492-9.
Earlier Steven Smith brought up his maiden Test century with a six, smashing Jonathan Trott back over his head to reach the landmark before he finished on 138 not out, from 241 balls, a knock including two sixes and 16 fours.
James Anderson was England’s best bowler with 4-95.
Rain had delayed the start of play until 2:30 p.m. local time (1330 GMT).
Conditions were gloomy and with the ball swinging around, nightwatchman Peter Siddle added only five to his overnight score before he was clean bowled by a superb ball from Anderson.
It was an isolated success for the hosts, who wasted a referral when an Anderson delivery flicked Brad Haddin’s thigh pad.
The bowler didn’t even appeal, but at wicketkeeper Matt Prior’s insistence the call was reviewed, with the crowd audibly groaning when the footage confirmed Aleem Dar’s decision.
Having selected five specialist bowlers, England resorted to Trott’s occasional medium pacers, with captain Alastair Cook either unable or unwilling to bowl Swann, or risk bringing back debutant Simon Kerrigan after the mauling he received on day one.