England will hope to have a better time with the ball on Day 2 © Getty Images
England will hope to have a better time with the ball on Day 2 © Getty Images

Australia will look to consolidate on their gritty start on the first day, to build an impenetrable lead, and England will try to reverse the momentum gained, when the two teams meet on the second day of the final Ashes Test at The Oval. All of Australia’s batsmen, barring Michael Clarke, held fort, played in a responsible manner and resisted dramas. Boundaries were hit when the opportunities were provided, and minimal risks were taken on the green but two-paced surface. Steven Smith, batting on 78, has gained confidence on the track after a scratchy start, and Adam Voges, his middle-order partner, has looked solid in defence. LIVE CRICKET SCORECARD: England vs Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, Day 2

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David Warner, however, was the top scorer on Day 1, at 85. He was the more attacking partner to his opening ally playing his last Test, Chris Rogers. When the morning session began, it seemed Australia may find handling the decent seam attack difficult in favourable overhead and pitch conditions. Though the bounce and carry were good, there was only a hint of seam movement, and little to no swing found. The balls were left in discipline by the batsmen, and only balls which were away from the mark in terms of line and length were put away. LIVE CRICKET UPDATES: England vs Australia, 5th Test, The Oval, Day 2

Rogers was the first to depart, after scoring 43, edging Mark Wood to the slips. Warner carried on in fluent fashion alongside the new batsman Smith, before edging Ali to slip. Michael Clarke arrived in the middle for a brief while, but after scoring 15, in which an attacking boundary off Ali also featured, he was caught behind. Smith and Voges then combined to produce a diligent partnership, an unbroken 101.

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