Saturday, August 24, 2013

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Cricket: Steven Smith's maiden Test hundred ensured Australia maintained their grip on the Ashes finale at The Oval.
Smith's 138 not out powered Australia to an imposing first innings total of 492 for nine declared on the second day as they sought a consolation win after England had already taken the series at 3-0 up.

When bad light ended play for the day, England were 32 without loss, a deficit of 460 runs.

England captain Alastair Cook was 17 not out and Joe Root 13 not out.

For Smith, a first hundred in his 12-Test career was all the more welcome as he'd fallen 11 runs short during the drawn third Ashes match in Manchester.

But he achieved the coveted landmark in style with an on-driven six off occasional medium-pacer Jonathan Trott.