Steven Smith scored his maiden century as Australia took advantage of the fifth Ashes 2013 Test at the end of Day Two at The Oval. Australia declared at 492 for nine as Smith remained unbeaten on 138. England finished the day at 32 for no loss trailing Australia by 460 runs.
There were some nervous moments for Smith as a delivery from Chris Woakes struck him on the pads but the ball was drifting just wide of leg stump. Then Stuart Broad’s out-swinger just missed the outside edge of Smith’s bat. Smith did come back strongly with a cracking shot through point to get a four of Broad.
Alastair Cook and Joe Root began the innings for England. It was a highly cautious start from the duo, despite the ball not doing too much. A couple of bad deliveries were put away for fours from the batsmen but largely the scoring in the last hour was very slow. As the light became poorer, the umpires called for stumps. England finished the day 460 runs behind Australia. Cook was on 17 and Root was on 13.