England battle to save first Ashes Test after Steve Smith, Matthew Wade hundreds

first_imgEngland battle to save first Ashes Test after Steve Smith, Matthew Wade hundredsAustralia had a near perfect Day 4 of the 1st Ashes test. Steve Smith and Matthew Wade show with the bat was the highlight of the day before Australia declared with 397 runs lead.advertisement Associated Press BirminghamAugust 4, 2019UPDATED: August 4, 2019 23:35 IST Matthew Wade and Steve Smith both hit hundreds as Australia took a 397-run lead on Day 4 of 1st Ashes Test. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith smashed his 2nd successive hundred in the 1st Ashes Test vs EnglandMatthew Wade hit his 3rd Test hundred to further widen Australia leadAustralia declared after 487 for and with 397 runs leadEngland must bat through the final day of the first Ashes test after Steve Smith and Matthew Wade scored centuries and Australia set the hosts an unlikely winning target of 398 on Sunday.At stumps, England was 13-0 and needing another 385 for a shock victory after Australia had the luxury of declaring at 487-7 in its second innings. England had led by 90 runs after the first innings.Rory Burns was 7 not out, and Jason Roy 6 not out, at the end of a fourth day totally dominated by Australia which had resumed only 34 runs in front on 124-3.Prolific batter Smith (142) scored his 25th test century to become only the fifth Australian and the first since Matthew Hayden in Brisbane in 2002 to register twin tons in the same Ashes match.Smith was caught behind off Chris Woakes after the Australian’s latest formidable display at Edgbaston.Smith’s 144 in the first innings rescued Australia from oblivion, and his 142 set his team on course for a victory push though Australia may come to regret not declaring earlier with showers possible on Monday morning.Wade reverse swept England captain Joe Root for a four to earn his third test century before Australia brought up the 400 mark in 96 overs. Wade was caught by Joe Denly off Ben Stokes for 110. Both Wade and Travis Head (51) shared century partnerships with Smith, as the continued absence of England’s record wicket-taker Jimmy Anderson limited bowling options.England had earlier confirmed that Anderson would not be available to bowl for the remainder of the match. He will bat if needed.advertisementAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow The AshesFollow Steve SmithFollow Matthew Wadelast_img read more