Jofra’s ‘sixer’ gives England the edge
RAHUL’S FORM IN TESTS
than twice as many runs as any other batsman in the series, underpinned the visitors’ reply with more than four hours at the crease before being trapped lbw by Woakes on 80, his lowest score of this series.
He built his innings cautiously, scoring nine fours and just one six, which came when he lofted a Jack Leach ball far over long on to bring up his half-century.
It was Smith’s 10th consecutive 50 against England in Tests, the most in a row by any batsmen against any other nation in the longest format of the game. Smith has now scored 751 runs in six innings.
England had struggled to break the combination of Smith and Mar nus Labuschagne for almost an hour after lunch before Jofra Archer made the breakthrough, catching Labuschagne out lbw on 48 with an inswinging ball.
Sam Curran then claimed the wicket of Matthew Wade, out lbw for 19 runs, bringing Mitchell Marsh to the crease.
NO SWEAT, MATE! Steve Smith picks himself up after diving to regain the crease when England wicketkeeper Bairstow stimulated a fake run-out attempt. Bairstow was trolled for his action with people asking for penalty runs be awarded to Smith